Gunman Involved in Roosevelt Field Mall Shooting Sentenced to 11 Years

A gunman whose weapon went off during a struggle with a security guard and wounded a bystander inside a Long Island mall has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The shooting set off a Christmastime panic in December 2015 at the crowded Roosevelt Field Mall, on Long Island.

Nassau County prosecutors said 22-year-old Oliver Lee pleaded guilty in June to robbery and assault charges. He was sentenced Thursday.

Lee tried to rob a jewelry store and a security guard intervened. Lee's semi-automatic handgun fired during a struggle for the weapon. A bullet struck a 69-year-old mall employee in the neck; he has recovered.

Newsday reports that an attorney for Lee said after the sentencing that he had been addicted to drugs for years.

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