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1 killed, 3 injured in shooting at Copiague deli, Suffolk police say

Suffolk police say one person was killed and

Suffolk police say one person was killed and three were injured Saturday night in Copiague in a shooting at a deli.   Credit: James Carbone

A Copiague man is facing murder and attempted murder charges in connection with a fatal shooting at a Copiague deli Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.

A man was killed and three others wounded during the 6:10 p.m. shooting at La Vaquita Corp. deli on Great Neck Road near Corsica Street, police said.

Dionicio Calderon-Oseguera, 62, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and three counts of second-degree attempted murder, Suffolk police said. He was expected to be held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Monday.

Police identified Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, 47, of Copiague as the man they said died at the scene.

The three other victims, identified Sunday morning by police as deli owner Bolivar Rodriguez, 61, of Amityville; Juan Ramone Avilla Roque, 30, of North Amityville and Daniel E. Acosta, 40, of Copiague were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, police said.

The bullets were not intended for Rodriguez, said Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of Suffolk's Homicide Squad.

"We believe he was an innocent victim," Beyrer said at the scene.

Rodriguez' son, Oscar Rodriguez, speaking Sunday outside the deli his father has owned for 27 years, said the injured man was in critical condition.

He described his father as a spiritual man who is well-known and liked in the community.

"He would give you the shirt off his back," Oscar Rodriguez said. "If you didn’t have food he would come give you a plate for free if you needed it. Anything you needed he would give it you."

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

With James Carbone

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