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Freeport man accused of firing shots that hit deli

Nathanial Paulino, 18, of Freeport, surrendered to Special

Nathanial Paulino, 18, of Freeport, surrendered to Special Investigations Squad detectives on Thursday, May 8, 2014. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, police said. Credit: NCPD

An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an April shots-fired incident in Freeport.

Nassau County police said Nathanial Paulino, of 155 South Ocean Ave., Freeport, surrendered to Special Investigations Squad detectives at the First Precinct at 9:05 p.m. Thursday. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Paulino was arraigned Friday and held on a $10,000 cash or bail bond.

Police said the shots were fired at about 6:30 p.m. April 11 in Freeport.

Detectives said Paulino was involved in a verbal argument with a large group of unknown males on North Main Street and that, when the argument escalated, Paulino took out a handgun -- and fired multiple gunshots at the group.

Paulino and the others fled the scene, police said. But police said responding officers discovered that two gunshots struck a nearby delicatessen.

No injuries were reported.

With Ellen Yan

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