'I pulled out my gun and shot': Suspected IHOP shooter appears in court

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The man who police say opened fire at a Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP restaurant over a dispute between Bloods gang members appeared in court Tuesday.

Panic ran through the IHOP around lunchtime when police say 19-year-old Deontrae Green, of Amityville, pulled out a gun and shot 20-year-old Tyriek Corbin, of Islandia. The suspected shooter fled but was quickly apprehended by police.

"I pulled out my gun and shot. I always have my gun on me," Green allegedly said to police. "I just lost it. I just let the shots off. I did it. I'm gonna take it. The gun is mine. I don't want anybody getting in trouble for me. I just shot at him...I don't know if I hit anybody. Just glad I didn't hit the baby."

A family with a child in a high chair was sitting right across from where the shots were fired.

Officials say Corbin also ran and was later found at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries not considered life-threatening.

MORE: Police: Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP shooting result of gang dispute

Suffolk police say the shooting is not an indication of a bigger gang problem.

"It was a chance meeting of these two groups," says Suffolk Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante.

Police and the district attorney's office insist that focusing on one gang, like MS-13, doesn't mean easing up on others like the Bloods or Crips.

"It's all interconnected," says Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini.

Not long after the IHOP shooting, police say three men were shot at two separate locations in Coram. Those men are expected to survive. Police are investigating whether the three gang-related shootings are linked.

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