2010-02-12 / Top Stories

Ex-Cop Smokes Two At Bowling Alley

By Nicholas Briano

A retired New York City correction officer and Rockaway Beach resident allegedly shot two men outside a Jackson Heights bowling alley last week where he worked security when they refused to stop smoking inside the establishment, according to police.

Michael Iavecchio, 54, of 8400 Shore Front Parkway, was charged with two counts of second degree attempted murder and two counts of assault, both felonies and punishable by up to 25 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Iavecchio had asked Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donaghy, both 29, to leave AMF Bowling Alley at 69- 10 34th Avenue at around 1:40 a.m. last Saturday.

He escorted the two men to the street when, according to witness accounts, the men, who were allegedly drunk, charged at Iavecchio.

That is when Iavecchio, who admitted to shooting the men, pulled out a .380 semiautomatic handgun and shot Hourigan in the chest and Donaghy in the stomach, police said. Both were taken to the hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Iavecchio was arraigned and released on $25,000 bail. He is due back in court on February 19.

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