Patchog, NY — A Long Island man is facing assault and weapons charges for allegedly attacking three people with an ax at a sporting goods store.
Suffolk County Police said Saturday that the attack took place the previous afternoon at the Dix Sporting Goods store in Patchogue, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of New York City.
Travius Tunstall was reportedly asked to purchase the rifles, but he left after being asked to provide identification. According to the police, he then stabbed a store manager and attacked two others as he fled.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said Saturday that the store manager suffered injuries to his torso, arm and head. Prosecutors said Tunstall broke a tendon in the store manager’s arms during the attack. Newsday reported.
The manager was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police, a customer was hit in the head with the back of a knife and a man sitting in the parking lot was hit on the arm and shoulder. Both the injured with minor injuries were treated on the spot.
Police caught Tunstall from nearby. Through his court-appointed lawyer, the 22-year-old West Babylonian pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and six weapons counts, and was granted $400,000 cash bail or $800,000 bond when he appeared in court on Saturday. ordered to be kept.
According to Harrison, Tunstall had gone to a dick’s shop in Bay Shore, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) away, in the afternoon and bought mache, a knife and a bag, but was told that the patchogue would be available if he wanted. Go to the store To buy a rifle.
Police had not determined a motive for the attack, Harrison said.