"Dark Knight" shooting spurs major cop response in Nanuet

Shashi Ramsaroop, 21, of Nanuet, is accused of Shashi Ramsaroop, 21, of Nanuet, is accused of firing a shotgun in a residential neighborhood. (July 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Clarkstown police

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A Nanuet man was arrested early Saturday for allegedly firing a shotgun while sitting atop the roof of a single-family home in a residential neighborhood, later telling police he was shooting at deer in the middle of the night, authorities said.

Police say Shashi Ramsaroop, 21, climbed out of a window onto the roof around midnight and fired off five rounds toward a nearby wooded area, sending shots over the roofs of nearby houses, some of which were within 500 feet, said Clarkstown police Sgt. Steve Chernick.

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No injuries or property damage were reported.

But spurred by haunting memories of Friday's deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater, a significant police presence responded, with about 10 units eventually arriving at the scene, Chernick said.

It's not clear why Ramsaroop fired the shots.

"There's no real explanation, except that he thought he could shoot a deer," Cernick said.

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Ramsaroop, who shares the house with several other people who were home at the time, was charged with several weapons violations, as well as reckless endangerment, Chernick said. He was being held Saturday at the Clarkstown police department awaiting arraignment; no bail has been set.

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