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Armed standoff at Wyandanch home ends in arrest, police say

Police responded to a reported home invasion in

Police responded to a reported home invasion in Wyandanch on Friday, March 4, 2016. Credit: Stringer News Service

An hourslong standoff between a gunman and police ended early Friday in Wyandanch with the surrender of a suspect who shot a man in a local VFW hall, then invaded an occupied house, authorities said.

William Moseley, 35, of Wyandanch, is expected to be arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The saga started about 2 a.m. when a 911 caller said a man had been shot at the VFW on William Street, police said. The victim, a 47-year-old Wyandanch man, was found in the parking lot and had been hit in both legs, police said, but the shooter had disappeared.

Then at about 4:45 a.m., Mosely, armed with a handgun, forced his way into a Wyandanch home on Irving Avenue, police said.

Several occupants fled and one of them told 911 that the home invader was the shooter in the VFW hall, police said.

Officers, including emergency service units, surrounded the house and cordoned off the block. At about 7:30 a.m., Mosely walked out to surrender, police said.

Mosely had targeted a house whose residents know the victim, said Det. Lt. John Rowan of the First Precinct.

“It was not a random shooting,” Rowan said. “There was some type of dispute, but the exact reason for the dispute is unknown. Neither person was clear on why this beef developed.”

The gunshot victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries, which were not life-threatening, police said. Detectives were still trying to piece together what happened and did not release other details due to the ongoing investigation.

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