LAKE RONKONKOMA, Long Island (WABC) -- A 19-year-old man is under arrest, accused of shooting a man inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime.
Police now believe the violent incident may have led to a pair of shootings in retaliation.
A man was hospitalized when a car was shot at on Five Drive around 3:15 p.m. in Gordon Heights near Coram on Monday.
That's around the same time another man in a car got shot on Judith Drive.
The incidents took place just two hours after police say Deontrae Green shot 20-year-old Tyriek Corbin inside a Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP on Portion Road.
It happened in very close proximity to several families who were eating lunch.
"This shooting occurred in a very public place, in a place where families gather," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.
"It's very clear that the potential for this event could have been dire," said Chief of Dept. Steve Cameron, Suffolk County Police Department. "The restaurant, I would say, was fairly crowded, at least 20 people, several families in there, and there was a family directly across from where the shooting occurred."
Police believe the shootings were all related to gang violence.
Officials said Green made the following statement to detectives:
"I pulled out my gun and shot. I always have my gun on me. I just lost it. I just let the shots off. The gun is mine. I don't want anybody getting in trouble for me. I just shot at him. I don't know if I hit anybody, just glad I didn't hit the baby."
Green was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon. He was ordered to be held on $800,000 bail.
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2 other shootings may be in retaliation to Long Island IHOP shooting, 1 man under arrest
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