Tomassetti indicted for Hewlett Harbor shooting


Dino Tomassetti, who allegedly shot both his parents in their Hewlett Harbor home on Christmas Day was indicted on two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of the child.

On that Saturday of last year, Tomassetti, 30, of Brooklyn came to his parents – Rocco and Vincenza – home with a loaded revolver, according to the indictment. An argument with his mother and his ex-girlfriend, Klarisa Perez about custody of Tomassetti’s son, ensued and then he allegedly took out the gun and shot his mother in the head. Tomassetti then allegedly hit his father several times in the head with the gun before he dropped the weapon and left.     

Police caught him later that day in New Jersey by members of the Mahwah Township Police Department, with assistance by the Nassau County Police Department, the New York State Police Department, the Rockland County Sheriff's Department and the Ramapo Police Department.

Rocco and Vincenza both underwent surgery for their injuries at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside and a few days later they were released.

“A holiday morning traditionally marked by peace and joy was shattered when Dino Tomassetti allegedly entered his parents’ home on Christmas Day, began arguing with his family, and shot them both,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly stated in a news release. “The defendant allegedly fled the scene and was apprehended later that day in New Jersey. The victims have made remarkable strides in their recovery and are lucky to be alive today.”

Tomassetti pleaded not guilty, was remanded, and is due back in court on Feb. 2. If convicted of the top charge, he faces a possible maximum of up to 25 years in prison.