Pair arrested in West Babylon drive-by shooting, police say

Geoffrey Tobin, 19, of North Babylon, was arrested Geoffrey Tobin, 19, of North Babylon, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured a West Babylon resident early Monday as he stood with his brother outside their home, Suffolk police said. Photo Credit: SCPD

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A man and a woman have been arrested after a drive-by shooting that injured a West Babylon resident early Monday as he stood with his brother outside their home, Suffolk police said.

About five shots were fired from a 1995 Toyota Celica at Thomas Barbal, 20, and his brother outside their Terrace Avenue home at about 7:50 a.m., said First Precinct Det. Lt. Robert Edwards.

Barbal was hit in the right arm and left leg and was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

A short time later, police arrested Geoffrey Tobin, 19, of 36 Denise Dr., and his girlfriend, Miranda Mugavero, 20, of 66 Phelps Lane, both in North Babylon.

A semiautomatic handgun was found near the pair when First Precinct officers spotted them by Tobin's home, Edwards said.

The couple and the brothers were acquaintances, and Barbal and his brother were the intended targets, he said.

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"It's the result of a personal dispute," Edwards said Monday afternoon. "I'm not sure what it's about. We're still trying to piece that together."

He said First Precinct officers were able to identify suspects after interviewing witnesses.

"They were known in the neighborhood," Edwards said.

Tobin was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Mugavero was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

They were expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call 631-854-8152.

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