Ten rounds fired from shotgun near convenience store
Justin Dorfman, 20, of Island Park, and Brian Rodden, 20, of Oceanside, were arrested after police said Rodden fired a .9mm Beretta automatic at a 25-year-old Island Park man at California Place at around 3:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Bill Miller of the Fourth Precinct.
The shooting happened just minutes after the defendants exchanged heated words and fisticuffs with two other men in the parking lot of the Island Park train station, according to police.
Following the altercation, the two victims drove to a nearby convenience store on Austin Boulevard so one could get napkins to clean up his bloodied hand. While he was inside the store, Dorfman and Rodden drove up behind the victims' car on California Place, where police said Rodden exited the car and began shooting at the driver.
"Rodden got out of his car, rested the gun on the roof of the car, and started shooting at the one victim who was in the car alone," Miller told the Herald.
The other victim came out of the store, got in the car and they took off, and the suspects fled the scene, according to Miller. He reported that no one was hurt in the incident, and police found 10 discharged bullet casings at the scene.
Police officers in the area received a call about a shooting, and during their investigation noticed a bullet hole in the trunk of the victims' car. After gathering information from the victims, eyewitnesses and one of Dorfman's neighbors, police arrested the two suspects at Dorfman's home on Nassau Lane at about 7:05 a.m. After a search of the home, police said they found the weapon, marijuana and what officials believe is diazepam, a controlled substance.
Both Rodden and Dorfman were charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Dorfman received an additional charge for possession of marijuana. They were arraigned at the First District Court in Hempstead on July 26.