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Man fired gun in North Bellmore parking lot during dispute, police say

Michael Ripert, of North Bellmore, was charged with

Michael Ripert, of North Bellmore, was charged with counts including criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, police said. Credit: NCPD

A North Bellmore man was arrested after pointing a gun at a woman and her 6-year-old son in a 7-Eleven parking lot and firing it into the air, police said.

Michael Ripert, 21, got into a dispute with the 26-year-old woman at 1714 Newbridge Rd. in North Bellmore about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nassau County police said in a news release Friday. The woman called 911 after Ripert pointed a gun at them, and while she was on the phone, he pointed it up and fired it twice into the air. 

No injuries were reported and Ripert fled in a black BMW, police said. Police investigated and arrested Ripert a few hours later on Wednesday in connection with the incident.

Police said they removed an AK-47 assault rifle, 171 rounds, four large capacity magazines, a loaded pistol grip shotgun and a Glock handgun speed loader from his Pea Pond Road residence. 

A loaded large-capacity 9-mm Glock handgun, a box of rounds, two Glock extended magazines and another AK-47 extended magazine were recovered "at an undisclosed location," police said.

Police said they also determined that Ripert was responsible for firing a gun multiple times on Montgomery Street in Wantagh at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 28.

Ripert was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, two counts of reckless endangerment, second-degree menacing, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

He was ordered held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash at his arraignment Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. He was represented by attorney Steven Frank Christiansen of Hempstead.


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