Mastic man charged in shooting at William Floyd H.S.
Police say they?ve found the man who opened fire in the parking lot of William Floyd High School last Friday, and that the student injured was not his target.
Omar Tomlinson, 27, of Mastic, pleaded not guilty to assault and drug possession charges Thursday. He was ordered held on $1 million bond. Authorities say Tomlinson meant to shoot a rival gang member, but hit a 14-year-old student in the leg.
?We believe there was a round fired into the air and some seconds later the gun was fired again at an individual,? Detective Lt. Gwen Marrino says. ?That shot missed and struck the 14-year-old.?
The shooting was caught on school surveillance cameras and William Floyd Schools Superintendent Paul Casciano says the district is working on putting more safety measures into place. They include metal detectors and cutting back on the number of spectators at sporting events.
School officials have also created a new program called See Something, Hear Something, Say Something with a hotline number they hope kids will call to tip them off when trouble is brewing.
AP wire reports contributed to this article.