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Teen pleads not guilty at arraignment on Freeport shooting

A 17-year-old pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge Thursday in connection with a Freeport shooting that authorities have said left a victim critically injured.

Police previously had put out a wanted poster for defendant Deric Douglas, saying that on Aug. 10 he allegedly shot a male in front of 130 Independence Ave.

The bulletin also alleged that Douglas was a gang member who should be considered armed and dangerous.

A judge set Douglas' bail at $100,000 at his Nassau County Court arraignment. Records show the defendant, a sophomore at Freeport High School, also pleaded not guilty to felony assault and weapons charges.

Douglas' attorney, Michael DerGarabedian of Rockville Centre, said Thursday that his client isn't a gang member and had surrendered at police headquarters on Wednesday night.

The attorney also said police had arrested two other people for allegedly shooting at Douglas several hours after the crime took place. Prosecutors later confirmed those arrests.

A judge also issued a temporary order of protection ordering Douglas to stay away from the shooting victim.

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