Nassau police have arrested two Hempstead men in connection with the shooting death of a 23-year-old man in the village early Saturday, authorities said Thursday.
Prosecutors charged Manuel Howe, 17, of Lawson Street, with second-degree murder, and Delroy Carter, 25, of Laurel Avenue, with hindering prosecution.
Howe used a 9-mm handgun to shoot Hempstead Village resident LaDaniel McCloud multiple times Saturday morning and Carter hid the weapon in his house, according to an account of the killing in court records.
Police said they found McCloud lying on the sidewalk on Laurel Avenue near Linden Avenue at 5:41 a.m. Saturday.
He was pronounced dead shortly after. Authorities said the shooting appeared to be drug-related.
Both defendants appeared Thursday for their arraignments at First District Court in Hempstead. A judge ordered Howe held without bail and Carter jailed on $150,000 bond. Carter has multiple misdemeanor convictions for assault and drug offenses, records show.
Investigators arrested him Wednesday morning in Amityville and Howe that night in Hempstead, police said.
Their attorneys could not be reached for comment Thursday.
During the arraignment, McCloud’s family members called Howe a “murderer.” From the front of the courtroom, he yelled curse words back as he faced the judge.
Relatives of McCloud and the suspects were seated in different parts of the courtroom, per court policy.
After the arraignments, authorities escorted McCloud’s family members out of the courtroom separately from relatives of Howe and Carter, a state court spokesman said.
Outside, they “bumped into each other” at a nearby intersection, said the spokesman, Lucian Chalfen, adding that a “big brawl broke out.”
Two arrests were made after the fight but Hempstead Village police did not immediately provide details.
Later in Hempstead Village, McCloud’s family members crowded into his home to mourn his death.
“He’s from a big family, a good family,” said his father, Larry McCloud.
The elder McCloud said he works security for Hempstead schools and helped his son become licensed to do security work.
LaDaniel McCloud had worked as a bouncer at an area club and was excited about expecting his first child, family said.
“He was working hard,” Larry McCloud said. “He gave me a big hug every morning. He loved his family.”
Family members said they intend to raise the child.
LaDaniel McCloud’s aunt said her nephew “was the sweetest.”
“He wasn’t a criminal,” Joanne McCloud said. “He was a caring person.”
His grandmother, Betty Harvey, wept as she remembered her grandson as a young man who “loved to hug.”
“He was a peacemaker,” she said. “We want justice.”
LaDaniel McCloud wasn’t in a gang, his relatives said, before adding that gangs are far too powerful in the neighborhood and authorities need to do more to combat them.
“Something has to be done about the gangs,” Joanne McCloud said. “It’s out of control. Enough is enough.”
With Darran Simon and John Valenti