What to Know
- An alleged Bloods gang member accused of shooting a man inside a Long Island IHOP filled with patrons has pleaded not guilty
- Deontrae Green on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder. His attorney claims he shot in self defense
- The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has said that no gun was found on the 20-year-old victim
An alleged Bloods gang member accused of shooting a man inside a Long Island IHOP filled with patrons — including a toddler in a high chair — has pleaded not guilty.
Deontrae Green, 19, fired five shots inside the IHOP on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma during a gang-related dispute, wounding a 20-year-old man from Amityville, prosecutors say.
Green on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder. His attorney, Anthony Scheller, maintained the shooting was a matter of self defense.
“This complaining witness actually assaulted my client the night before — hit him with a bottle — and then approached the table [at IHOP] with a gun in his waistband,” Scheller said.
Prosecutors say Green shot the man after taking issue with a lewd comment directed at him.
Surveillance video from inside the IHOP shows diners running in different directions and ducking under tables after hearing the gunshots. A woman can be seen grabbing a toddler sitting in a high chair just feet from where the shots were fired.
“I always have my gun with me. I just lost it,” Green said after his arrest, according to prosecutors. “Just glad I didn’t hit the baby.”
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has said that no gun was found on the 20-year-old victim, who was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound after the incident.
“For this defendant to fire five rounds in a crowded restaurant is nothing but depraved,” Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini said Thursday. “It was only because of the grace of God that no one else was struck or killed."
“There appears to be no legitimate self defense claim here,” he added.
Green is being held on bail and faces up to 30 years if he is convicted.