William Brown, 28, of 87 Maple Dr., was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident, which began about 9:20 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts in Amityville.
A 30-year-old Massapequa contractor on his way to work had left the doughnut shop at 355 Broadway and walked through the parking lot to his van, said Det. Sgt. Marco Giudice. The Massapequa man inadvertently walked in front of a parking space where Brown, driving a newer model, light-brown Chevrolet Suburban, was trying to park. Brown was apparently angered by the maneuver and started an argument, Giudice said.
After the argument, the Massapequa man left in his 2007 Chevrolet Express van, driving north on Broadway. Brown followed and just as they were crossing the Sunrise Highway overpass, Brown fired one shot with a handgun, police said.
The bullet struck the van's front wheel well. Neither the Massapequa man nor his 21-year-old passenger was injured.
Giudice said Brown was tracked down through a license-plate number that a witness reported, and Amityville police arrested Brown on Maple Drive. The gun, a .38-caliber revolver, was found inside the Suburban, Giudice said.
Brown was scheduled to be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.