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Man arrested after firing handgun in West Hempstead parking lot, police say

Nathaniel Paulino, 20, of Freeport, was arrested on

Nathaniel Paulino, 20, of Freeport, was arrested on Sunday, July 19, 2015, after shooting a handgun in a West Hempstead parking lot crowded with people, including children, police said Monday. Credit: NCPD

A Freeport man has been arrested after shooting a handgun in a West Hempstead parking lot crowded with people, including children, police said Monday.

Nassau police responded to a "shots fired" report at the Echo Park Pool at 399 Nassau Blvd. at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Police stopped a vehicle in the parking lot and arrested a man who they believe "had fired the gun" -- identified by police as Nathanial Paulino, 20, of 155 S. Ocean Ave.

Several shots were fired in the parking lot, police said. One bullet struck a vehicle's rear windshield and shattered it, police said. No injuries were reported, police said.

A loaded Ruger model Single .22 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene, police said.

Paulino was charged with second-and-third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; second-degree criminal use of a firearm; first-degree reckless endangerment; third-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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