Four men have been arrested and charged for plotting and carrying out a hit against a business rival who was shot in the back of the head while leaving a New York City karaoke bar in 2019.
Qing Ming Yu, 54, also known as ‘Allen Yu,’ Antony Abreu, 34, You You, 34, known as ‘Eddie,’ and Zhe Zhang, 34, were charged on Tuesday for the death of Xin Gu, 31, a business rival of Yu.
Prosecutors said Yu, the former CEO of Amaco Management & Consulting Inc., had ordered his nephew, Eddie, to kill Gu, who was once Yu’s apprentice but had broken out on his own and won over several contracts allegedly promised to Yu’s firm.
Yu was arrested on Tuesday inside his eight-bedroom mansion on Long Island, estimated to be worth $2.4 million, according to Zillow.
US Prosecutor Breon Peace condemned the hit job, saying in a statement: ‘As alleged, the defendants callously used gun violence to resolve a business dispute, reducing the value of a man’s life to a dollar figure, and bringing trauma and mourning to the community .’
‘Prosecuting killers will always be a top priority for this office—whether the defendant pulls the trigger, or pays someone else to do his dirty work for him.’
Four men were arrested and charged for the murder of Xin Gu, 31, who was shot in the back of the head while leaving a Queens karaoke bare in 2019 (pictured)
Prosecutors said Antony Abreu was the masked gunman who was captured on video stalking Gu. Abreu allegedly worked to Zhe Zhang on the request of You You, the nephew of Qing Ming Yu, who prosecutors said put out the hit on Gu, a business rival
Yu was arrested at his mansion in Oyster Bay (above), which is valued at more than $2.4 million
According to court filing on the FBI’s investigation into the case, Gu began working for Yu in 2015 at Amaco, a Manhattan-based development company which managed the renovation of retail projects.
Investigators said that Gu worked at the firm for three years but ultimately felt undercompensated by Yu, so the upstart went on to form his own company where many of Yu’s clients followed.
The court filings revealed that Yu was especially upset over the loss of a $1 million contract referred to as the ‘Project,’ which he had already sunk $900,000 into.
Four days after Gu’s resignation on August 17, 2018, Yu wrote a message to an associate about the loss of the ‘Project,’ where he claimed that he treated Gu like a son and felt betrayed and angered by him.
‘I will continue to keep my business way. Loyalty, honest and open talk,’ Gu wrote in the message obtained by investigators.
‘Even yesterday I mentioned I did something. I am so sorry about that. But pls understand that moment my feeling.
‘[The name of the Project] I put an extra $900,000 in and make all process speed. Use all my source to support it and the result this set up and lose $900,000 money. [$] 1m profit is small for u and me. But for [Gu] is crazy #.
‘I am upset about [Gu] not you. I treat him much better than my son. Can’t believe. Also I am upset myself trust him too much.’
Investigators said that Yu had attempted to cancel building permits, block lines of supply and lure subcontractors away from Yu to hinder the success of the ‘Project,’ but the efforts failed and Amaco shut down by 2018.
Prosecutors said that Yu then reached out to his nephew, who enlisted the help of Zhang and Abreu to tail Gu on February 12, 2019, as the successful developer was celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year with more than 100 people.
Gu went on to attend an after party at a karaoke bar in Flushing, and when he decided to head home and called for an Uber to pick him up, Abreu allegedly ran up behind him and shot Gu in the back of the head.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the moment Gu stepped outside to catch his Uber on February 12, 2019, as a man investigators believe is Abreu watched
As Gu was about to step into the Uber, the gunman races towards him and shoots him in the head. The man proceeds to shoot Gu several times before fleeing the scene
The horrifying scene was captured on a surveillance camera, which showed a masked man who was walking on the sidewalk suddenly run towards Gu and shoot him just as he was about to get into the Uber.
When Gu hit the ground, the man stood over him shot him multiple times as the Uber driver sped off.
Following the incident, the gunman fled and reportedly climbed into a white 2003 Honda Accord, which was allegedly driven by Zhang.
Twenty minutes after the murder, Zhang sent a text message to Abreu saying, ‘Bro I left stuff in there. Hit me,’ according to court filings.
The car Zhang drove had fake license plates matching those used by Abreu in the weeks before and after the murder.
Abreu was already in custody for an unrelated crime when he was charged with Gu’s murder. Eddie was arrested in his home at Plainview, New York, and Zhang in his home in Arcadia, California.
Prosecutors asked the court to hold the men without bail given their wealthy connections.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, or the death penalty.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll said in a statement about the investigation: ‘As alleged, Qing Ming Yu hired his nephew to murder his perceived business rival. His conduct of him went well beyond poor business practice demonstrating a callous disregard for human life.
As a direct result of the action we have taken with our partners today, Qing Ming Yu and everyone involved in the plot won’t have to worry about business anymore – as they face justice for their alleged crimes and the possibility of life in prison. ‘