(VALLEY STREAM, N.Y.) - On Thursday, Sept. 7, a 21-year-old suspect, whom Nassau County Police allege is a gang member, was charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 21 shooting death of a 20-year-old man in the vicinity of an event space at 85 Ocean Avenue in Valley Stream. Four other people, including a 12-year-old boy, were injured as a result of the incident, which police allege occurred at an event hosted by associates of a rival gang. Police said that none of the victims are said to be gang affiliated.
Following these revelations, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D – Lawrence) issued the following statement –
“First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to the Nassau County Police Department for the diligence and professionalism they have demonstrated in bringing the alleged perpetrator of this terrifying mass shooting to justice,” Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D – Lawrence) said.
“This arrest has added the disturbing specter of gang violence to a horrific incident that has outraged and galvanized the residents of this Valley Stream neighborhood,” Legislator Solages said. “During an emergency community meeting on Monday, Aug. 28, I met with dozens of community members who spoke extensively about their feelings of being overlooked by their Village leaders and their fears for their safety and the well-being of their families. I am committed to working alongside them to address their concerns so they can once again enjoy the peace of mind that every Nassau County resident deserves to have.”