Teen charged in shootings after barber shop dispute

Angel Bermudez, 17, of Hempstead, was arrested on Angel Bermudez, 17, of Hempstead, was arrested on charges of attempted murder in the shooting of two teens in Freeport, Nassau County police said. (Dec. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Hempstead teen was jailed Friday on charges that he ended a fight at a Freeport barber shop by trying to shoot his foes to death.

The teen, Angel Bermudez, 17, of Bell Street, was denied bail Friday afternoon during his first court appearance. He's accused of firing a .25-caliber pistol at two other teens, 16 and 18, at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The shooting followed a verbal argument in Royal Kutz Barber Shop on Main Street that spilled onto the street, prosecutor Steven Henesy said.

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Bermudez then pulled out the pistol from the right-side pocket of his jacket and, according to court papers, fired twice at the victims, both young men. One was struck in the left side of the chest and the other on the right side, the papers said. Both were treated at nearby hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Nassau police.

Evidence against Bermudez includes a signed statement, and his being identified in photos, according to court papers.

Bermudez fidgeted and glanced around the courtroom, First District Court in Hempstead, as Judge Anna R. Anzalone ordered him jailed without bail. He did not speak, but his government-provided attorney, Brian A. Shupak, told Anzalone: "He denies the allegations, your honor." Bermudez remained jailed Friday night on charges including attempted murder and criminal use of a firearm.

Additionally, Bermudez was charged Friday with criminal possession of stolen property -- a Glock 9-mm that police allege was inside a backpack during an arrest in June; court papers say Bermudez's fingerprints were on the firearm. He was also charged with firing that Glock at a group of people during a fight at an address on West Merrick Road in Freeport in June. It was not clear whether the possession charge was connected to the June shooting.

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Also Friday, Nassau police said they were looking for whoever shot a man, 20, a day earlier as he sat in a car on Atlantic Avenue in Freeport. The man, who was shot in the arm and abdomen, was hospitalized in stable condition. Police did not disclose his name or say whether the shootings are connected to the Bermudez case.With Gary Dymski

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