Police: Mechanic loses job, fires shots into repair shop

Police say a worker in Valley Stream was so upset over being fired that he grabbed a gun and started shooting. Christopher Hicks is accused

Christopher Hicks is accused of grabbing a gun from his car, and firing two shots near several employees at County Truck and Auto on Merrick Road.

Christopher Hicks is accused of grabbing a gun from his car, and firing two shots near several employees at County Truck and Auto on Merrick Road. (8/16/16)

VALLEY STREAM - A Valley Stream man has been accused of attempted assault after he was fired from his job.

Christopher Hicks, 32, was employed as a mechanic at County Truck and Auto on East Merrick Road. Detectives say he became enraged after he was fired from his job and threw a muffler at a vehicle that was being worked on inside the shop.

Police say Hicks exited the shop, retrieved a handgun from his car and fired two shots into the open bay doors where some employees were working.

There were no injuries reported.

After fleeing the scene, police say Hicks was placed under arrest at his home on North Corona Avenue. He is being charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Hicks was remanded to jail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment.

 

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