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Suspect held in Bay Shore barbershop shooting that left man in critical condition

James Nicholson, 32, of Bay Shore, was arrested

James Nicholson, 32, of Bay Shore, was arrested Friday, July 31, 2015, and charged with assault in connection with a shooting Thursday at a barbershop on Union Boulevard that left a 30-year-old Bay Shore man in critical condition, Suffolk police said. Credit: SCPD

A Bay Shore man was ordered held on $150,000 cash bail Saturday in the shooting of a man in a hamlet barbershop that left the victim in critical condition.

James Nicholson, 32, of Cherry Street, was arrested and charged with assault Friday afternoon in the Thursday morning shooting at the Headfellas Barbershop, 1773 Union Blvd.

Nicholson did not enter a plea at his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip. Prosecutors said he admitted to shooting Dishawn Everett, 30, of Bay Shore.

Prosecutors said Everett is a barber at Headfellas and that Nicholson told investigators he shot him in the groin and stomach with a .38-caliber gun in a dispute over a marijuana deal.

The shooting occurred just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when the shop's website said it should have been closed.

Police said Everett stumbled out of the shop and collapsed in front of a nearby Domino's pizza shop, where passersby spotted him and called 911.

Prosecutors said Everett was in the intensive care unit Saturday at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore after multiple surgeries.

Nicholson's lawyer, Michael Ross of Patchogue, said in court that the complainant in the case has "credibility issues," but did not elaborate.

Nicholson was also charged with marijuana possession. Prosecutors said he was carrying two bags of the drug at the time of his arrest.

The records do not specify the size of the bags or the quantity of marijuana.

There were no charges against Everett.

Nicholson has an arrest history that includes prior convictions for attempted criminal possession of a weapon and drug possession, records show.

Neither the barbershop nor Everett's family could immediately be reached for comment.


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