By Jon Cronin, Editor
While viewing neighborhood Halloween decorations on Friday night with his 5-year-old son, lifelong Glendale resident Larry Interrante heard screeching tires, a popping sound and then a pain in his back.
Interrante said that he felt something hit him in the back around 8:20 p.m. near Finback Brewery on 77th Avenue.
“I grabbed my son and asked, ‘Is there blood? Is there blood?’” Interrante said. “He said, ‘No daddy, no daddy’.”
He added that it appeared the car was coming back around the block and wondered if the shooters thought that they didn’t hit him and were planning a second attempt.
“It was traumatic for my son,” he noted, adding that his son jumped whenever he heard a loud noise for the next few days after the incident.
Following the encounter, Interrante said that his mind was spinning with the thoughts of what could have been.
“I had the ‘what ifs’ afterward,” said Interrante, who works as a bookkeeper for the city’s Police Department.
Upon returning home, Interrante called the 104th Precinct and heard back from police approximately 15 to 20 minutes later. The officer who had arrested the alleged perpetrators personally called Interrante to give him an update.
Interrante said that the officer described the alleged shooters as “neighborhood kids.” Interrante then dropped by the precinct, upon the officer’s invitation.
Police confirmed that they arrested two individuals—Gilbert Lopez, 22, of 301 Futter Ave. in Brooklyn, and Oscar Casanova, 19, of 68-12 Central Ave. in Glendale.
Both men are charged with 10 counts of assault in the second degree and 10 counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
While at the precinct, Interrante learned that approximately 10 people had been shot in Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood. He was also told that a husband and wife were shot with a paintball on 80th Street near the Shops at Atlas Park.
“Nothing surprises me anymore,” Interrante said.