Casey Fitzgerald of Long Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 30...

Casey Fitzgerald of Long Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor after being convicted of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in December. Credit: NCPD

A Long Beach man accused of killing a neighbor in what city government previously said was a fight was arraigned Saturday on second-degree murder charges, Nassau police said.

Casey Fitzgerald, 20, faces second-degree murder charges for the March 22 shooting of Ernest Cummings, 46, a neighbor and aspiring dog breeder. Fitzgerald was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Fitzgerald was arrested April 16 in Chesterfield County, Virginia, near Richmond, after a joint investigation by Long Beach police and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

In March, Cummings' girlfriend, Wanda Brooks, told Newsday she heard three gunshots and found him bleeding in the street. She said she believed Cummings was arguing with the shooter because the shooter didn't have his dog leashed.

"Back to back, back to back, back to back," Brooks said, a retired bank teller, of the gunfire. "It's so crazy."

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