A Roosevelt man faces an attempted murder charge and a second shooter is being sought after Halloween night gunfire left a male victim seriously injured, authorities said Tuesday.
Rhyan Greene, 20, of Prospect Street, was held without bail after his arraignment Tuesday on charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He and a group of people were gathered on Jefferson Avenue in Roosevelt early Monday night when they got into an argument with a “large group of males” leaving a nearby house, according to the complaint filed against Greene.
One of Greene’s companions fired into the other group before passing the weapon to Greene, who then shot at the group, Nassau police said.
ShotSpotter, a gunfire detection system, alerted Nassau police at 7:44 p.m., authorities said, and four minutes later, Freeport Village police got a call about a male who had collapsed at Babylon Turnpike and Woodside Avenue, about a block from the shooting. The victim’s age and identity were not released but police said he was in serious condition.
After the shooting, Greene ran into a nearby house on Jefferson and was found on the second floor, according to court papers, while the other shooter ran east on Jefferson. A Glock 30, a .45-caliber handgun, was found in the house, police said in the court documents but did not specify if it was the weapon used in the shooting.
Monday night at the house, five young males, including Greene, were cuffed and sitting on the porch as several officers stood nearby and others went in the house.
One officer could be seen wearing a bullet-resistant vest labeled “Special Investigations Squad,” a Nassau police team that investigates gangs and organized crime.
Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a Nassau police spokesman, told News 12 Long Island that detectives were investigating all aspects of the shooting, including whether it was gang-related.
Greene was represented by Legal Aid, which has a policy of not commenting on cases.
One Jefferson Avenue resident said she initially thought it was Halloween revelers shooting off.
“It sounded like about four shots,” said the resident, who did not want to be identified, “but when I looked out the window, I didn’t see anything, just a car driving away.”