Cops picked up a 19-year-old man after he alleged shot a pistol at another man before hiding it and running into a crowd in Coney Island on Sunday night.
Police said Michael Lewis fired a single shot from a silver .38 Derringer at a 21-year-old man, who was standing only about 8 feet away, in front of an apartment building on Surf Avenue about 9:45 p.m.
A tenant of the building told police that Lewis missed his target. Authorities said he only fired once before sticking the pistol in his pants pocket, and tried to blend into the gathering crowd.
Sgt. Sheldon Arrindell and Officer James Reser witnessed the entire incident as they patrolled the area in a marked police car.
Arrindell and Reser followed the shooter into the group of passersby, arresting Lewis without incident and recovering his gun, which still had one round inside, and a shell casing.
Lewis was arrested and charged with attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.
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