Two teenagers arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that left two other teens shot and wounded New Year's Eve in North Amityville may have opened fire after a dispute with other partygoers, police said.
Nnamdi Ukasoanya, 19, of 264 Jefferson Ave., Amityville, and Rodney Woods, 19, of 71 Columbus Blvd., North Amityville, were arrested Wednesday, Suffolk Police First Squad Det. Lt. Robert Edwards said. They were each charged with first- and second-degree assault, as well as first-degree criminal use of a firearm, police said.
The shooting took place outside a home on Ronald Drive East on Saturday at 12:15 a.m., police said, with the shooters firing on a group standing outside the home following a dispute. A 16-year-old Huntington Station girl was struck in the abdomen and seriously wounded, police said. She remained hospitalized at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow Wednesday.
An 18-year-old Copiague man was shot in the calf. He was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and released. "We don't believe the people who were shot were necessarily the intended targets," Edwards said.
Ukasoanya was arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip and was being held on a $500,000 bond or $200,000 cash bail. Bail information for Woods was not available Wednesday night.
Neighbors said this week that a large group of teenagers was at the home having a party when the shooting occurred. "There were about 100 to 150 people, lots of cars coming into the neighborhood, music blaring," said Lois Thomas, 63, who said she heard gunshots and then sirens.
Neighbors said they were surprised by the violence.
Gary Bradshaw, 48, who lives about a block from the site, said, "It's a quiet neighborhood." So quiet, he said, that he thought the gunshots were firecrackers and was not initially alarmed.
Neighbors said a single mother has lived there with a number of children for several months. There had been no other disturbances at the home, neighbors said.
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