Chilling new details have emerged about the execution-style killing of a recently released convicted murderer in Queens, including that in the weeks leading up to his slaying he would look over his shoulder whenever he ventured outside the hotel where was staying.
Jermaine Dixon, 46, was fatally shot in the back of the head by a suspected hitman disguised as a Hasidic Jew early Monday morning in Queens.
Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment Dixon was ambushed as he climbed into his car, parked just 500 feet from the Comfort Inn that he called ‘home.’
The cold-blooded execution took place in broad daylight, less than a year after Dixon, a former gang member, was released from prison after serving 19 years for a murder conviction.
Law enforcement sources told NBC New York they are looking into the possibility that the unidentified gunman targeted Dixon because he believed the ex-convict was cooperating with the government as an informant against his co-defendants.
Detectives also revealed that in the weeks leading up to his death, Dixon would look around him whenever he walked from the hotel to his rental car, as if he knew someone was after him.
Jermaine Dixon, 46, can be seen walking to his car (top middle in light colored clothing) as the shooter looks under his hood (dressed in black) before he ambushed and shot Dixon as he was getting into his car in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
Dixon can be seen through the tree limbs unresponsively slumped in the front seat of his car as the shooter runs back to his vehicle
A spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com on Friday that so far there have been no updates in the search for the killer, and the investigation was ongoing.
Video obtained by DailyMail.com shows the killer wearing a traditional rekel – a long, black coat – and a wide-brimmed black hat.
The gunman had his trunk, hood and car door open before hunching under the hood as Dixon approached his own car, according the video.
Once Dixon turned his back on the man to open the door of his car, the hitman ran across the street and shot the former ‘Patio Crew’ gang member in the back of the head, the video showed.
Dixon’s body was slumped in the front seat as the man ran back to his car, slammed the hood down and drove away from the scene.
Cops discovered the slain victim around 8 a.m. on South Conduit Avenue in South Ozone Park and Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene.
The NYPD described the killer as a dark-skinned man last seen wearing all black and a mask.
Dixon had only been out of prison for less than a year before he was executed, the New York Daily News reported.
A former member of the Brooklyn ‘Patio Crew’, named for a Flatbush restaurant where the gang hung out, Dixon served nearly two decades in prison for the 1992 murder of Alphonso Gooden and drug charges, records show.
His brother, Emile Dixon, was also convicted for killing Gooden and is serving a life sentence.
Court documents show that a deal to cooperate with the feds fell apart after prosecutors discovered Dixon was the triggerman in Gooden’s murder, the Daily News reported.
Dixon, described as a ‘good guy’ by mourning family members, became a model prisoner and his life sentence was reduced to a 30 years.
He pursued a bachelor’s degree in business and filed for compassionate release, where he took responsibility for his actions and asked for a chance to prove himself, the Daily News reported.
‘It is clear that I am not the young man that your honor sentenced 20 years ago,’ Dixon wrote to Judge Raymond Dearie. ‘I am now asking your honor to again take a chance with me and let me re-enter society to prove to myself, my mother, children, family and also the court that I can and will do the right thing upon release…I blame no one but myself for the road I chose that put me in my current situation. ‘
His plea was convincing and Dearie said he was compelled to give Dixon a ‘chance.’
‘Do I leave Mr. Dixon to the authorities and require him to serve out the sentence he deserves, or do I grant him a somewhat accelerated release in the hope that for himself and his family he will continue on a road to a respectable and productive life?’ Dearie wrote. ‘I choose the latter. I choose to take a chance.’
Body of shooting victim Jermaine Dixon is wheeled away after EMTs pronounced he was dead at the scene
Police cordon off scene of fatal shooting where a gunman faked car trouble before executing his victim while dressed in traditional clothing worn by Hasidic Jews
Police gather near the crime scene after finding the victim dead in his car
Dearie added that Dixon’s decision to lie to investigators was done out of family loyalty and reflected well on his character.
‘That poor, indeed catastrophic decision was no doubt prompted in the main by his repeated concern for his own brother who faced capital offenses and by his unwillingness to testify against him,’ Dearie wrote. ‘The government was certainly justified in its reaction, but at the same time Mr. Dixon’s efforts to protect his older brother are understandable and similarly reflect a decent side to his character.’
Cops said they have no motive or why Dixon was targeted.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
The NYPD are looking for a man last seen dressed in all black with a mask and dark skinned
The police are looking for a white Nissan sedan