Police: 2 shot; Hempstead man faces gun charge

Ralphael Brown, 19, of Hempstead, was arrested Friday,

Ralphael Brown, 19, of Hempstead, was arrested Friday, May 10, 2014, and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest shortly after fleeing the scene of a shooting in Hempstead, Nassau police said. (Credit: NCPD)

A Hempstead man, found in possession a silver .357 Ruger handgun, was arrested Friday night after he fled the scene of a shooting, Nassau County police said.

Hempstead Village police officers, responding to a call of shots fired on Birch Street at 9 p.m., said they saw a Nissan Altima leaving the scene.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Remsen Avenue. But police said Ralphael Brown, 19, of Washington Street, fled from the passenger side of the vehicle and ran through the rear yard of a home on Remsen.


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Police said they chased Brown, locating him in the rear yard of a home on Roosevelt Street. After a struggle with the officers, Brown was placed under arrest. Authorities said they also recovered the handgun.

Authorities said two male victims suffered gunshot injuries, but Brown has not yet been charged with the shooting. Police said the victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the Nissan was impounded at the scene, but the driver of the vehicle was not charged.

Brown is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. He was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead and ordered held on $20,000 bail or bond, according to online court records. He is due back in court Tuesday.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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