Cops: Steven Reilly Jr. arrested in Northport Napper Tandy bar shooting
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Suffolk County police arrested a Fort Salonga man on Monday, charging him in connection with the Sunday night shooting at a Northport bar that left a 21-year-old patron injured.
Police identified the suspect as Steven Reilly Jr., 39, who was arrested at his home at 30 Fresh Pond Rd., Fort Salonga.
Police charged Reilly with second-degree assault, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree criminal use of a firearm. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Central Islip.
Police said that Reilly got into a fight with a man at Napper Tandy's Irish Pub, 229 Laurel Ave., at 10:30 p.m. Sunday for an unknown reason, then shot him.
Northport police said officers responded to a 911 call reporting gunfire at the bar, where the caller said "someone was shot."
Police arrived to find the 21-year-old shot in the upper left leg, police officials said in a news release Monday. The victim, who is from East Northport, was treated at Huntington Hospital and released, police said.
Napper Tandy's manager, James Gilroy, said his staff didn't recognize the shooter from video footage taken at the bar.
"I saw him on the video and I don't know who he is," said Gilroy, who had left before the shooting.
"We're as anxious as anyone to find out what's going on," Gilroy said.
Gilroy praised the bartender for quickly moving patrons to the back of the bar, away from shooting.
"When the situation happened it was diffused nearly immediately," he said. "He cleared house as fast as he could."
Northport officers, aided by Suffolk police, "secured the location and determined the suspect had already fled," according to the news release.
"It was also determined that the suspect and the victim had some sort of altercation within the location prior to the shooting."
Police said the shooting happened inside the bar and that the suspect had "fled in a white Ford Taurus."
Suffolk police detectives are investigating.
With Laura Figueroa