Teen argument at gangster film kills 1, hurts 3

December 27, 1990|By New York Times News Service

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. -- Four moviegoers were shot, one of them fatally, when two groups of teen-agers opened fire in a packed theater showing the film "The Godfather, Part III" Tuesday night.

About one hour into the film, the two groups started arguing and then began shooting, the police said. But the theater was dark, and none of the victims -- two teen-age boys and a young couple -- belonged to either group.

"All the victims were innocent bystanders," said Detective Sgt. William Cocks of the Nassau County Police Department's homicide squad.

No arrests have been made, and the police have few leads, Sergeant Cocks said.

He said spent shells showed that the two groups had at least four pistols between them -- three automatics and a revolver -- and fired as many as 25 shots.

The shooting took place at about 11:30 p.m., police said.

The movie opened Christmas Day, and the theater was full. A total of 568 seats were sold, and there were probably even more than that many people inside, Sergeant Cocks said.

The dead patron was identified as Tremain Hall, 15, of Hollis, Queens, who was hit in the back of his head and died yesterday after surgery.

One of the wounded was Marco Candeleria, 23, of Island Park.

Interviewed at Franklin General Hospital yesterday after surgery to repair a wound in his shoulder, he said the gunfight began after a scene in which several Mafia chiefs are gunned down while eating in a fancy banquet room.

"A gun and some kids watching a movie like that -- it's a terrible combination," Mr. Candeleria said.

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