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Cops: Teen Shot at Long Beach Train Station

Rodney Arnold, 17, charged with attempted murder; boy suffers non life-threatening wound to chest.

A Long Beach boy shot and wounded a fellow teenager during an altercation involving four youths at the Long Beach train station and bus depot Monday afternoon.

According to Long Beach Police Department, Rodney Arnold, 17, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he fought with three teen males and he fired a handgun, striking one teen in the chest at about 3:40 p.m. on May 21.

“The victim suffered a non life-threatening injury,” Sgt. Eric Cregeen, LBPD's public information officer, said about the wounded boy, who is also 17 years old. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the teen to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.

“[The bullet] hit his ribs but no vitals, and he’s going to be all right,” Cregeen added.

While an investigation is ongoing, it appears the altercation involved three teens fighting with Arnold, Cregeen said, and Arnold may have fired as many as three shots, possibly using a .22-caliber pistol. The gun has not been recovered.

“It appears that it was an ongoing dispute,” Cregeen said of the possible cause of the fight.

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At the time of the shooting, Cregeen and fellow officers were at Long Beach headquarters, located across the street from the bus depot and train station.

“I heard the shots and looked out the window and see four guys actively engaged in a fight,” Cregeen said about the altercation that occurred west of the train tracks. “So we ran across the street and picked up the shooter right at the scene.”

The other three teens fled, but police officers soon apprehended them at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and East Fulton Street.

“When we get there, we discover one of them was shot in the chest,” Cregeen said. “He either didn’t realize it or he did but just kept running.”

While the wounded teen was transported to the hospital, the other two teens and Arnold were taken to police headquarters for questioning.

Arnold will be arraigned at Long Beach City Court on Tuesday.

Cregeen noted that the bus depot was crowded at the time of the shooting and some people ran into police headquarters. “It was a wild scene,” he said. “Thank God no one else was hit.”

David Weiss, Superintendent of Long Beach School District, said the wounded teen is a student at Long Beach High School, and that as a security measure students’ bags will be checked as they enter school on Tuesday. "There is NO threat," he wrote in an email to Patch. "We want to be cautious tomorrow."

LB 248 May 23, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I guarantee you had Zimmerman not go on his failed crusade and sat his self appointed behind in his apt popping his much needed adderral meds Martin would be alive today and no one would know anything about Sanford, Fla.
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 07:21 AM
I wonder if Waldbaums or the RR station were in the west end or the east end, would there be less criminal activity and a safer environment at both those locations? Rhetorical question....
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Lots of loitering and drug use in the trendy west end too. Matter of fact, lots of it in the east end also. Most beach towns in liberal states have these problem. Maybe you should hop on a plane and see how lovely San Francisco is.
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 07:35 AM
So if we use your train of thought Mike, if an airplane crashes at the airport, it must automatically be the airport's fault. Can't be the fault of the pilot or airplane. Damn that tarmac!!! Yeah, everyday you see people smoking pot and drinking at 8 am. Sure
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Gang unit? What gang unit? I heard all they did was buy pizza for the detectives and make warrant arrests on overtime. So what you're saying Lala is that the "gang unit" could have averted this? *******************************************************************************************
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 07:54 AM
So tell me CP, while the cops park their cars and stroll the sidewalks, who's going to be responding to the 911 calls....the tooth fairy? If you want cops on the boarwalk AND the train station AND the business districts AND the west end AND responding to 911 calls AND all the other calls.....it will mean either overtime or hiring more cops. Pick your poison. Crime occurs in every single town in this country, that's why our jails are overflowing. Why would you expect LB to be any different? Because you live here? Maybe if people would RE-learn to obey the law instead of doing what they want, when they want, we wouldn't be having this discussion. But that would be toooooo hard...easier to just throw blame around.
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Hey Fred Barnes you're full of it. The cops work more than 150 days a year and unlike teachers and most of the private sector, they work nights and don't have every holiday off. There always has to be a desk officer....hence the name DESK OFFICER. That person is in charge of the precinct and has to make all the important decisions. If there is no supervisor to man patrol....then there's no supervisor to man patrol. No overtime. The DESK OFFICER is there to make decisions which would require a supervisor's input. Since you brought teachers into the coversation.... Medical contribution? 0 Pension contribution? 0 Pension risk? Absolutely NONE. Cops can be fired if they screw up. Unless a teacher molests a child, he/she CANNOT be fired for screwing up. Nothing is more golden than a teacher's parachute. The highest pension in all of NYS is that of a former teacher. $261,000. Ohhhh Yeaaaahhhhh.
Happy Daze May 23, 2012 at 08:37 AM
So now I ask you this....... If the situation between the teens involved in this shooting started in the High School, how come no one's laying the blame on the TEACHERS? Weren't they aware what was going on in the school? Don't know how much the current LB school superintendent makes, Mr Weiss who is mentioned in the article, but the last one, Dr Greenberg made $286,000 in 2010. Why wasn't Mr Weiss aware of the situation between these teens? I mean, I'm sure he makes plenty of money THUS he should know everything that goes on in the schools....right? Oh and PS Frank, senior cut day doesn't involve just LB kids. It involves hundreds, maybe even a thousand kids from all over LI. Another tidbit for you, not all 77 cops work at the same time and even if they did, please tell me how 77 cops can control all those kids who are already acting in a rebelious manner seeing as they're CUTTING SCHOOL??? Maybe you should take Friday off and go to Edwards Blvd on the boardwalk and see for yourself, instead of flapping your gums about things you know NOTHING about.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 776 JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE View Entire Chapter 776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.— (1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and (b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred. (2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if: (a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM
(d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer. (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. (4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM
(5) As used in this section, the term: (a) “Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night. (b) “Residence” means a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as an invited guest. (c) “Vehicle” means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, which is designed to transport people or property. History.—s. 1, ch. 2005-27. This Is Florida,s So Called Protect Yourself Law What A Shame.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Read this Law under Florida Stand your ground and if you still say Zimmerman had the right to kill this kid you are in Denial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now say Oh I can't read that Mr. James your grammar.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Lloyd The MLK Is available at Night this is where the Teens go to Play Basketball. My Other comments directed at whomever said they see all these "Drug Deals" on the street and they don't report it to the police but talk about it on PATCH. The City operates a Day Care until 5 PM at the MLK Center. Teens don't hang out at the Train station Lloyd. This was an Isolated incident. I have not seen any teen hanging at the train station. I think you said you don't go there often only to catch the train once in a while... Good Grammar Better Patch.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Tideline you should go down to Florida and help represent him!!!
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Hey Maggie No Need, I graduated from High School and I work outside the City thanks for the offer but no thanks. You respond to my comments so you do understand.. Thank you..
Lala May 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Happy Daze: Yes, "gang unit". You heard incorrectly. And no, I did not say that the gang unit could have averted this *definitively*. Please don't make assumptions. I simply stated that thanks to the dissolution of the gang unit, activities like these will probably be more prevalent. Now, all the police can do is *react*, as opposed to being *proactive* and keeping tabs on the gangs. Simply put.
DR. Jay May 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Lala Thank you !!!
Lala May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Mr. James: I'm just trying to be realistic. I hope I am wrong, to be honest with you :-/
JRB May 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
This is a difficult one...I ask myself..If I were being attacked by 3 people..and I had the opportunity to grab the gun that they intended to use ON ME...would I just grab it or would I grab and shoot??? Its a sad situation.
ken May 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM
he also got rid of the street crimes unit the most active unit out there the commissioner is in way over his head dont forget he was the head of traffic
Lala May 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
ken: exactly. So, he got rid of the gang unit and the street crimes unit and did what? He broke up teams that worked together and knew the neighborhoods, etc. He is, most assuredly, in over his head. I hope this incident is just a fluke. Somehow I doubt it.
ken May 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
call this in over there head city council and demand it come back
DR. Jay May 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Ken that council is not listening to Nada right now except layoffs and taxes and borrowing
Disgusted Homeowner May 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
If we would have given Mr Tagney his raise earlier I am sure this could have been avoided
Happy Daze May 24, 2012 at 08:09 AM
The street crime unit is what people are calling the "gang unit" ken. Yeah they actively made warrant arrests on overtime. They actively went out and bought pizza for the detectives. That street crime unit?
Happy Daze May 24, 2012 at 08:18 AM
So you're saying Tangney got rid of the "gang unit"? Really? So what officers were in this so called "gang unit" Lala? Name them for us please. He got rid of the street crimes unit. It was a pretty useless unit. So since you keep bringing up gang unit....are you saying this was a gang related crime? There are gangs in our fair city?
Happy Daze May 24, 2012 at 08:23 AM
I see the "gang unit" aka Ken and Lala have been exposed. Hey gang unit, how come you couldn't prevent last years murder in North Park if you've got the pulse of this city so well in hand? Warrant unit is more like it. Overtime unit is more like it.
Lala May 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Dazed and Confused: Feel free to substantiate your wild assertions about the street crimes unit, dear. Methinks you need to not post on here at 4:00 am with a good buzz on.
LBResident May 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
did you say the lB police put their lives at risk every day? Thats comical. The only thing they ever seem to do with regularity is write out tickets for traffic violations. Any time there is a major issue in this town, the only thing you see is Nassau County PD get called in and tell the LB cops to beat it so they can handle the situation. The LBPD is grossly overpaid from top to bottom. 6 figures to write out traffic violations and bring in drunks from all the bars with disordely conduct voilations.
ken May 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
he got rid of the street crimes unit the most active in the dept he is in over his head

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