Patient charged with attempted murder, assault in shooting of N.Y. EMT

Thomas McCauley also faces multiple charges of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting of EMT Richard McMahon


David Luces
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Prosecutors have charged Thomas McCauley, 37, of Elm Park, with attempted murder — among other charges — after he allegedly shot an EMT while being treated in an ambulance in West Brighton Wednesday evening.

McCauley is also facing a single assault charge and multiple charges of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting of EMT Richard McMahon, 25.

NYPD officers investigated the scene where EMT Richard McMahon was shot on Forest Ave. in Staten Island on Wednesday.
NYPD officers investigated the scene where EMT Richard McMahon was shot on Forest Ave. in Staten Island on Wednesday. (Photo/Rose Abuin/Tribune News Service)

He was arraigned Friday afternoon in Richmond County Criminal Court. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $750,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance will be on May 25.

The incident began on Wednesday at 4:37 p.m., according to a criminal complaint. EMTs responded to a call of a disorderly person outside of the Funky Monkey Lounge, located at 1205 Forest Ave.

The EMT crew saw McCauley in front of the bar and placed him in the back of the ambulance. While the vehicle was traveling down Forest Avenue, the defendant pointed a gun toward McMahon's face and shot him in the shoulder, prosecutors allege.

The female driver of the ambulance pulled over on the 600 block of Forest Avenue and McCauley then fled out the back door of the vehicle, police said. He was quickly apprehended by a retired NYPD detective and an off-duty Sanitation Department lieutenant.

McMahon was discharged from Richmond University Medical Center on Thursday.

An attorney for McCauley declined to comment at this time.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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