Wagswoofs – During the arraignment of the accused young man, an Assistant District Attorney informed the judge that on Friday afternoon, a Freeport resident approached a group of friends who were gathered near Hempstead High School. Without warning, he fired a shot, specifically targeting one of the individuals in the group.
The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, was quickly transported to Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, where he received urgent medical attention for severe gunshot injuries and underwent immediate surgery. The police have reported that his condition has now stabilized.
Jairo Crespin Cornejo, 23, entered a plea of Not Guilty before Judge Anthony Paradiso on Saturday afternoon. He is facing charges of Attempted Murder and other Felonies.
Detective Samuel Morales described the alleged incident in sworn court filings. The Detective said Cornejo “was in possession of a loaded 9mm firearm and did intend to cause the death of another person by firing at least 3 rounds at the victim.” He noted the victim suffered “serious physical injury to his wrist and both legs” and was transported “via Northwell ambulance for immediate surgery.”
Hempstead Police apprehended Cornejo shortly after the reported incident.
Cornejo faces multiple charges, including Attempted Murder, Assault, Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Gun, and Reckless Endangerment. These charges are classified as felonies under the New York Penal Law.
Cornejo is charged with reckless endangerment under PL 120.25, assault under PL 120.10 01, possession of a firearm under PL 265.09 01, and possession of a loaded gun under PL 265.03 01B and PL 265.03. He is also charged with attempted murder. There are six felonies in total.
The judge decided that he would need to pay $25,000 in cash or post a $500,000 bond in order to be released on bail. As of today, he is still being held in custody.
The motive for the attack was not disclosed. Cornejo was located in a house on Leonard Avenue in Freeport, N.Y.
Christopher Devane, a New Hyde Park attorney, had a court-appointed 18B public defender represent him.
He will be back in court tomorrow, December 19, 2023, at the Mineola Criminal Courthouse.