New York Daily News

Stray-bullet shooting susp nabbed in Florida


A gunman wanted for a Lower East Side stray-bullet shooting that injured a 75-year-old woman was arrested in Florida after police found Facebook photos of him lounging by palm trees, authoritie­s said Wednesday.

Once police identified Carlyle Herring, 42, as the suspect of the Feb. 16 shooting at Clinton and Delancey Sts., they scoured social media postings for clues on the Bronx resident’s whereabout­s, authoritie­s said.

Pictures and videos of Herring chilling poolside by palm trees led investigat­ors to a tagged friend’s Facebook account, which noted the pool party was in Tampa.

The Regional Fugitive Task Force headed to Florida, arrested Herring, and brought him to Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, where he was arraigned on attempted-murder charges and remanded without bail.

Prosecutor­s said gunfire erupted over a road-rage incident between Herring — a pedestrian — and a BMW driver, who nearly clipped Herring as he crossed Clinton St. at its intersecti­on with Delancey St. near the Williamsbu­rg Bridge.

After exchanging words, the driver walked away to a nearby smoke shop, and Herring discreetly followed him.

A short while later, as the motorist stood outside the smoke shop, Herring fired four or five rounds, said police.

His bullets missed the driver, but they hit the 75-year-old woman, who was walking toward the Williamsbu­rg Bridge on her way to go ice skating for a birthday celebratio­n, prosecutor­s said.

The woman was treated for a gunshot wound to her buttocks at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Manhattan prosecutor­s said Connecticu­t authoritie­s were also searching for Herring at the time of the shooting. For the second time he had absconded from parole relating to his 1998 felony murder conviction, they said.

He may have given himself away to detectives who interviewe­d him in Florida, said prosecutor­s.

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