Latifah's cool demeanor may have saved a life


NEW YORK -- Rap and television star Queen Latifah may have saved her bodyguard's life after a carjacking by commandeering a cab that raced the wounded man to Harlem Hospital.

Ms. Latifah, who was not hurt in the ambush, stepped into the street to flag down the cab as bodyguard Sean Moon lay bleeding. She insisted that the cab race to the hospital, which is about a mile away, police said.

Meanwhile, the carjackers who shot the bodyguard sped off with the singer's luxury car, police said.

"She jumped in the cab and took them to the hospital," said a detective who asked not to be identified.

"It was excellent," the detective said. "It was probably what saved his life. Here she was, a victim of a crime in a stressful situation, and she was cool, calm and collected."

Police questioned two men last night after finding Ms. Latifah's green 1995 BMW on a street in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Mr. Moon, 22, was in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Ms. Latifah, 25, whose real name is Dana Owens and who stars on the Fox television series "Living Single," was in the car with passenger Lynn Mayo, who was sitting in the back seat. Ms. Mayo also was unhurt.

Ms. Latifah reportedly flew to California last night and didn't comment about the carjacking.

The rapper, who personifies strong, capable women in her recordings, was stopped at 125th Street and Eighth Avenue in her $90,000 car at 2:45 a.m. "waiting for a group of friends who were following them in another car," said Inspector Martin Johnson.

At that point, two men, one brandishing a revolver, strode up to the car and demanded: "Get out of the car," Inspector Johnson said.

All three said they would comply. But as Mr. Moon climbed out from the passenger-side seat, one of the gunmen apparently got nervous.

"He [Mr. Moon] was exiting the vehicle and didn't offer any resistance when he was shot," Inspector Johnson said.

The assailants fled westbound in the car on 125th Street.

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