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Cops: Suspect arrested after 3 shot in Copiague

Theron Sims, of Amityville, who is accused of

Theron Sims, of Amityville, who is accused of shooting up a Copiague house party early Saturday and wounding three people, faces assault and weapons charges, Suffolk County police said. (June 23, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

An Amityville man sprayed a Copiague house party with bullets early Saturday, wounding three people, Suffolk police said in announcing the suspect's arrest.

Police captured Tehron Sims, 25, as the crowd scurried and someone pointed him out as the shooter, authorities said.

The victims were being treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for gunshot wounds that are not life-threatening, police said.

Sims is expected to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip on assault and weapons felony charges.

Police said they recovered a 9mm handgun. They did not disclose the shooter's motive or the identities of the victims, who were shot in the back, leg and groin.

Officers were first dispatched shortly after 11 p.m. Friday for a noise complaint at the party, at 215 Maple Court. A neighbor interviewed Saturday said loud hip-hop and R&B music was blasting from the home. All night, cops kept getting complaints about the ruckus; when officers went back about two hours later to shut it down, they found the shooting victims.

An attorney for Sims could not be immediately reached for comment, and a woman at the Maple Court home, at Hawkins Boulevard, denied the shooting occurred at the home, then cursed at and threatened a reporter.

The neighbor -- who asked that his name not be used because, "I don't want any problems" -- said the shooting sparked pandemonium. "Outside everyone was running around, then the cops came," the neighbor said.

With Robert Brodsky


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