Shooting Suspect in Court

'You don't play with guns,' said the mother of a 20-year-old man who was shot in East Hampton last Thursday.
Frank A. Hanna was led out of East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday. Carrie Ann Salvi

     “Some people just don’t care,” Tieya Bacon, the mother of a man shot last Thursday, said today after Frank A. Hanna, 29, was arraigned today in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

     According to Ms. Bacon, Mr. Hanna was holding a .44-caliber handgun when her son, Frederic Stephens Jr., walked through the door at 154 Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton. Mr. Hanna, she said, raised the gun, pointed it at her son’s head, then dropped his aim slightly and squeezed the trigger, apparently thinking the safety was locked.

     It wasn’t, and the gun went off, the bullet slicing through Mr. Stephens’s arm, and entering his torso.

     A .44 caliber bullet is one of the largest bullets used in a handgun and frequently causes fatalities upon impact.

     Mr. Hanna was charged with criminal possession of weapon in the third degree and assault in the second degree, both Class-D felonies, as well as menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana set bail for Mr. Hanna at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

     The case will most likely be passed on to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, according to Detective Lt. Christopher Anderson of the East Hampton Town police.

     “You don’t play with guns,” Ms. Bacon said after the arraignment. “This is a 30-year-old man. He should know better.”

     Ms. Bacon said her son may never regain use of his arm.