Monday, September 5, 2011

Cops wondering why 'cranky' pit bull didn't bark before supposed gunman 'shot' Queens couple in bed

By Larry Celona, Hannah Rappleye and Kevin Fasick, from New York Post

Cops are zeroing in on Princess the pit bull.

Authorities probing the brutal slayings of a working-class Queens couple want to know why the family's pooch, infamous in the neighborhood for being vicious and cranky, didn't even bark, much less attack, the supposed gunman who first shot the couple's youngest son outside their home early Friday, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

The son, Shane Jaggarnauth, 23, has told cops a gunman pushed himself through the front door of the family's Springfield Gardens home as he was letting the pit bull outside at 4 a.m.

Shane told investigators he was then shot in the shoulder by the shooter -- whom he couldn't describe at all -- before the killer ran to his parents' bedroom and fired a slew of bullets at them.

His father, Sugrim, 64, who works in a print shop in Manhattan, was shot once in the head. His mother, Rosie, 56, a clerk at Home Depot, was riddled with five bullets fired execution-style into her head and torso.

At one point before she died, the hysterical mother called 911, screaming, "I hear two shots. Hurry! Hurry!" Her last words, according to investigators, were, "We've been shot."

Shane called 911 four minutes later. He was hospitalized over the weekend and released.

The Grayson Street home was not ransacked. The only thing missing is a Toyota RAV4, the family car.

Both Shane and his older brother, Shawn, 30, were questioned over the weekend by police.

Shawn went on TV on Saturday, telling NBC News, "Whoever did this is a ruthless person."

Sources yesterday said surveillance footage from a local diner shows Shawn, described by neighbors as a "rowdy guy," eating with his girlfriend at the time of the murders.

Both men have had brushes with the law, authorities said.

Shane has a sealed criminal arrest, and Shawn has at least two criminal charges, in 2008 for drugs, weapons possession and trespassing, and last year again for narcotics.

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