Paroled killer nabbed in Greenwich Village subway shooting

Thomas Tracy and Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News
·2 min read

A 59-year-old killer on lifetime parole was busted Friday for shooting a man she saw urinating in a Greenwich Village subway station — and will also be charged in a Queens gunpoint robbery, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

Rona Love, who served 25 years in prison for killing two people in separate incidents in the 1990s, was suspected in the Oct. 18 shooting inside the No. 1 train station at W. 14th St. and 7th Ave.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was relieving himself on the uptown platform when Love shot him.

Love was with a woman at the time and it is believed Love objected to something the suspect said to that woman, police sources said.

The victim, believed to be homeless, was shot in the neck, back and torso but managed to get on his own to the emergency room at Lenox Hill Greenwich Village and survived, police said.

A bystander with a phone outfitted with the Citizen crime reporting app followed Love and the woman, and posted video that helped identify Love as the suspect, police said. The woman with Love was not arrested.

Shea in a tweet said Love will also be charged in a recent armed robbery at a Ridgewood souvenir shop.

Police said Love served 24 years in prison for two murders — one in Queens in 1992 in which she shot a woman in the head, the other two years later in the Bronx in which he stabbed a man 42 times.

Love was released from prison in April 2019 and is on lifetime parole, said police.

Three months after her release, Love — a transgender woman who identifies herself as Rona Sugar Love — told the New York City Trans Oral History Project that she tried several times to commit suicide behind bars after repeated physical and sexual abuse by other prisoners and corrections officers.


©2020 New York Daily News

Visit New York Daily News at

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.