Roosevelt Field Mall shooting suspect due back in court next month

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Monday, December 28, 2015

GARDEN CITY, Long Island (WABC) -- The man charged in the attempted robbery and shooting at a mall was in a Nassau County courthouse Monday.

21-year-old Oliver Lee faces charges of robbery, assault and gun possession. He was ordered to appear back in court Jan. 6th.

Authorities say he brought a handgun to Roosevelt Field Mall Dec. 22nd, hoping to steal an $18,000 watch.

They say days earlier, he posted a photo to Facebook showing the same type of gun next to pills and alcohol.

The shooting happened at the Rolex section in the Tourneau store, which is located on the mall's main level next to Macy's.

Police said one gunshot was fired during an attempted robbery, striking the back shoulder of a 67-year-old mall employee who was outside of the store at the time.

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An off-duty NYPD deputy inspector happened to be in the mall shopping at the time. Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr of the NYPD fugitive enforcement division immediately jumped in and apprehended the suspect.

A gun was also recovered.

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According to reports on social media from people inside the mall at the time, people fled to exit the mall after the shooting.