Gunman on Rampage in Queens Charged with Murder

One person was killed on a bus, the other at an apartment.

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    Damel Burton

    The 34-year-old Queens man who police say went on a shooting rampage Friday night, gunning down his girlfriend's son and then shooting two people on a bus just before the evening rush hour, has been charged with murder.

    Prosecutors say Damel Burton was also charged with attempted murder. He was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bail.

    Around 4 p.m. Friday, the gunman boarded a Q111 bus along Archer Avenue in Jamaica and shot two people standing in the aisle, police and witnesses said.

    Marvin Gilkes, 36, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead on arrival at Jamaica Hospital. The other, a 29-year-old man shot in the face, is in stable condition.

    "It was basically chaos," said witness Charlton Scribner. "People were running away from the shots."

    Twenty minutes earlier and a mile away at the Baisley Park Houses, Burton is believed to have shot his girlfriend's 18-year-old son in the chest. The teenager, identified by police as Keith Murrell, then jumped out of the apartment's second-floor window to escape.

    "He was a regular kid," said Ali Noori, a friend. "It's sad this had to happen."

    The 18-year-old later died from his injuries.

    Police said after the suspect shot his first victim, he got on the Q111 bus.

    Sources say Burton has been telling detectives he thinks people are watching and following him.

    He was arrested as he ran away from the bus.