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Michael Iavecchio, Retired Corrections Officer, Charged in Queens Bowling Alley Shooting


Michael Iavecchio, 54, a retired Captain with the Department of Corrections working security at a Queens bowling alley, has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault after he shot two patrons in a fight over smoking.

Iavecchio was caught on a surveillance video outside the AMF 34th Avenue Lanes in Jackson Heights arguing with Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donagh after he asked them to leave for smoking in the vestibule. When the two got physical outside, Iavecchio pulled his .380 and shot them both, hitting Hourigan in the chest and Donaghy in the stomach. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where both are expected to survive.

Sources tell the Post that Hourigan and Donaghy both were visibly drunk before the confrontation. They’ve been charged with menacing.

Corrections Spokesman Stephen J. Morello said that Iavecchio retired voluntarily in 1999 after an 18-year career, and that his last assignment was the prison ward in Kings County Hospital Center, but would not make further comment on his work history. The manager at the AMF Lanes referred questions to corporate headquarters in Virginia, who have so far had no comment for both the Times and the AP.

According to an unidentified police source in the Times, Iavecchio has an unrestricted concealed carry permit. Per the News, his Rockaway Beach neighbors are “stunned,” and think he’s “a wonderful person.”


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