Jewelry theft a possible motive in fatal shooting of Queens man inside Range Rover leased for his mom

The armed bandits who killed a Queens man inside a Range Rover leased as a gift for his mom were possibly trying to steal the victim’s pricey bling, police sources said Wednesday.

Cops were still hunting for the killers of 22-year-old Kyle Griffin, gunned down Sunday night as he sat in the driver’s seat of the white SUV after leaving the Melody Lounge on Steinway St. shortly after 10 p.m.

According to a police source, Griffin — a recent graduate of SUNY Albany — had no problems inside the bar but was accosted when he climbed behind the wheel of the SUV. Two men, including one with a handgun, intended to simply rob their target of his jewelry but Griffin was instead shot twice in the back, the source indicated.

The Daily News previously reported that cops believe the two men were seen rummaging through the vehicle after the shooting, with both fleeing before EMS arrived and took Griffin to Mount Sinai Queens. He died there a short time later.

Griffin was convinced by friends to hang around for a few hours at the bar after arriving around 5 p.m., and planned to drive home in the Range Rover that he recently leased for his beloved mom. He was the oldest of four siblings, and brother to three sisters.

Cops did recover one clue at the scene: The key to a BMW was dropped by one of the suspects, with a passerby turning it over to police. Officers used the alarm button to locate the car parked a short distance away.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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