According to sources in law enforcement, a man from Staten Island was taken into custody after he shot his neighbour amid an ongoing fireworks-related dispute.
According to authorities, Dominick Giordano, aged 57, reportedly got upset by his neighbour’s regular habit of setting off fireworks on their residential block in Eltingville.
According to sources, the long-simmering tensions finally boiled over at around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday. At this time, Giordano allegedly fired a shot into the torso of a 41-year-old man on Pompey Avenue near Wilson Avenue.
According to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Reig, during the arraignment of Giordano in Richmond County Criminal Court on Monday afternoon, it was revealed that Giordano had initially aimed the gun at his neighbor’su forehead.
According to Reig, the defendant fired a single round from the gun when the victim attempted to retreat. The bullet hit the victim in the back, causing a painful wound that required medical attention at a nearby hospital.
He added that it is essential to note that the victim’s wife and minor child were absent during the incident.
According to prosecutors, a loaded ghost gun was found in the backyard, and a 9mm shell casing recovered at the scene.
The injured individual, whose identity has not been disclosed to the public, was transported to Staten Island University Hospital North for medical treatment. Currently, the victim is reported to be in stable condition.
According to authorities, Giordano was taken into custody by officers who responded to the shooting incident. He was charged with several offences, including felony assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child.
The District Attorney’s Office of Richmond County has recently included additional charges against the accused, which include second-degree attempted murder and criminal use of a firearm.
As The Post visited on a Monday afternoon, a banner reading “Happy 16th Birthday” was prominently displayed in the victim’s yard.
According to the latest police statistics updated on September 24th, the incident occurred within the boundaries of the 123rd Precinct of the NYPD. This area is considered low-crime, with only one other shooting reported this year.
According to recent statistics, the number of shooting incidents across the borough has decreased significantly. In 2023, there were only 22 incidents reported with 24 victims, a notable decrease from the same period last year when 23 incidents resulted in 29 victims.
Reig has requested a cash bail of $700,000 or a bond of $1.5 million.
Defence attorney Aliza Pacheco says the bail request seems excessive and inconsistent with the charges. This is because her client was only arrested for assault and not attempted murder, as claimed by the prosecution.
According to Pacheco, her client is a proud grandfather of six who earns a modest income of $50,000 annually by shifting commercial kitchen equipment.
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