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Woodside squabble turns violent

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Patrick Markey

In a family squabble that went well beyond harsh words and slammed doors, an Irish woman was allegedly shot and seriously wounded by her brother-in-law after the two got into an argument in their Woodside apartment.

Officers called to the 64th Street apartment found 33-year-old Denise Radigan on the porch of her building with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and arrested her brother-in-law, Steven Radigan, charging him with the shooting, police said.

Queens prosecutors said Steve Radigan has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree. He is still being held in custody pending a court appearance on Oct. 16, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

"It was an ongoing fight, all night inside the house. Then he ended up shooting her on the porch," said a police source familiar with the investigation.

"It’s one of those cases where it keeps getting worse and worse and nobody knows when to stop," the source said.

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About 10:40 p.m. last Friday, the two relatives had become embroiled in an argument over the brother-in-law’s long-term employment. Steve Radigan had reportedly been without work for three years.

Shortly afterward, the fighting turned physical. As the scuffle escalated, one Radigan bit the other on the nose. Steve Radigan allegedly went upstairs, returned with a 9mm handgun and fired one shot at his sister-in-law, police said.

Police said Radigan’s husband was away on a fishing trip when his two relatives started fighting at their home.

Adding to the drama, the police bomb squad was called to the apartment after officers discovered a military explosive inside. The device turned out to be an inert ceremonial mortar, police said.

Denise Radigan was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition after emergency surgery. A hospital spokesman said on Tuesday her condition had improved and was taken out of the surgical intensive care ward.

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