Attorney: Suspect in NY mall hold-up shooting is ‘in shock’

An ambulance is staged outside the Roosevelt Field Mall, in Garden City, N.Y., after a person was shot inside, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Police say a worker was shot during an attempted robbery at a Rolex dealer inside the Long Island mall filled with Christmas shoppers and a suspect was in custody. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A defense lawyer says a man charged in a shooting that sent holiday shoppers fleeing a busy Long Island mall has psychological troubles and has been “in a state of shock” since the episode.

Oliver Lee had a court date Monday on robbery and other charges stemming from the Dec. 22 episode at the Roosevelt Field mall. The 21-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer, Anthony Colleluori, suggested outside court that he might mount a psychological defense. He says Lee is “very confused” and has been through traumas Colleluori wouldn’t detail.

Police say Lee asked to see an $18,000 Rolex watch at a Tourneau store at the mall, then flashed a gun, which went off as he struggled with a security guard. A bystander was shot in the shoulder.

 

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