Man tries to force his way into Queens home, shoots resident

JAMAICA, Queens — A man with a BB or air gun tried to forced his way into a Queens home Sunday and shot the resident after he fought back, police said.

Thakur Persaud heard a knock at the door of his 197th Street home Sunday afternoon and sent his teenage son to see who was at the door.

“This is a Sunday," he said. "Everyone in my family was home.”

There was a man there with a package. Persaud came to the door and the man tried to force his way in, but he was pushed back by Persaud until they were near the street.

The man displayed some form of gun and shot the Queens resident in the thigh, police said.

"I still have the bullet in my leg," Persaud said.

Two other culprits were hiding behind a fence near the house. Persaud believes his surveillance camera caught them all running off.

He feels lucky that he was the only one shot.

“I don’t know how it would have ended if anyone touched my kid," he said.

None of the three men have been arrested. Police described the man in the package as being in his 20s. He was last seen in a black jacket with a hood, black sweatpants and white sneakers with stripes. One of the other men was in a gray sweatshirt and light gray pants. The last man was in a red and black Nike sweatshirt and light gray sweatpants.

Persaud has a message for the men.

"Get a life," he said. "Get a job."

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