HOWARD BEACH, Queens — A retired police officer accused of firing a gun inside a Howard Beach sushi restaurant, hitting an innocent bystander with a stray bullet, faces up to 25 years in prison after being charged with assault, according to the Queens DA's office.
Dwayne Chandler, 52, of Staten Island, got into a verbal dispute with another patron of the restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard Tuesday at around 7:20 p.m., the DA said.
Chandler allegedly pulled out a gun and a shot suddenly fired.
Another man inside the restaurant was shot in the back, the DA said. He was taken to a hospital, but according to the DA, has no sensation in his legs and cannot move his toes.
“A verbal dispute could have turned deadly when this defendant allegedly lost control and fired his weapon – hitting an innocent bystander instead of his intended target. This kind of gun violence is unacceptable, particularly when the shooter is alleged to be a retired member of service. The defendant will now be held accountable for his alleged actions.”
Chandler was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
He is due back in court on July 24.