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Arrest made in shooting of 71-year-old man, Nassau police say

Three days after a 71-year-old man was shot in the arm inside a Hempstead home, a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, Nassau County police said Saturday.

Cleefton Balan of Hempstead "became agitated" after an argument, brandished a handgun, and fired several shots in his Jackson Street home, where the older man was hit around 7 p.m. Tuesday, a police statement said.

The man was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Balan fled the home in a black Infiniti with white passenger doors and a Pennsylvania registration, according to police.

Balan, who also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, was arrested "without incident" on Friday in Freeport, police said.

Balan was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead, where his next appearance was scheduled for July 20, according to online court records. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which usually does not comment on cases.

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