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Video released of masked gunman wanted in Queens Fourth of July house party slay


Cops on Wednesday released surveillance video of the masked gunman wanted for shooting a DJ to death at a Fourth of July Queens house party.

The shooter, wearing a ski mask, white T-shirt and black shorts, crept up with gun in hand, the video shows.

Victim Travanti Rankine, 37, was shot in the chest during a bash at a home on Montauk St. near 119th Road in St. Albans about 5 a.m. July 4.

Rankine was outside the party with other celebrants when two guests began arguing and shots were fired, cops said.

Rankine was hit in the right side and was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he died. Police have not yet determined if Rankine was involved in the fight or just a bystander.

The gunman ran off.

Shooting victim Travanti Rankine, Queens DJ shot at a Fourth of July party.
Travanti Rankine

Rankine, a father of two, worked as an electrician at Carle Place High School in Long Island but his passion was DJing. The Jamaican native enjoyed being a “Sing J” and would bust out raps and rhymes while playing Jamaican reggae tracks.

“I feel weak. I just can’t believe it,” Rankine’s wife Sasha-Marie told the Daily News shortly after the killing. “I’m devastated.

37yr old Travanti Rankine was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital after he was shot in the abdomen at 118-63 Montauk Street in Queens on Thursday July 4, 2024. 0735. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
Travanti Rankine was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital after he was shot in the abdomen on Montauk St. in Queens on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

“He should still be here. It was not his time,” she continued, weeping. “I don’t care what nobody says. There was no reason for him to die. There was no reason for that.”

Cops are asking the public’s help identifying and tracking down the killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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