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Long Island man held without bail for Queens nightclub shooting that injured two men

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Detectives charged a Long Island man who allegedly shot and injured two patrons outside a Richmond Hill nightclub last weekend.

Demetrius Williams, 27, of Central Islip faces attempted murder, assault and weapons possession charges for the April 15 shooting near the Rose Lounge at the corner of 130th Street and 90th Avenue.

At about 3:15 a.m. that morning, law enforcement sources said, Williams allegedly shot two men outside the establishment. Prosecutors said the shooting stemmed from a dispute that began inside the lounge.

Authorities said a 27-year-old man was shot in the head just above the eye, while a second man was shot three times in the leg, hip and left hand.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the incident. Both victims were rushed to Jamaica Hospital for treatment; the 27-year-old shooting victim was listed in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint that the Queens District Attorney’s office provided, security camera footage taken inside the club showed a fight break out on the dance floor. Williams was allegedly observed pulling out a silver revolver and getting into a confrontation with one of the victims before they both stepped outside.

Following an investigation, the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad tracked down and booked Williams on the night of April 15. The next day, he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and ordered held without bail; court records indicated that Williams must return to court on April 30.

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