Police: Driver In L.I. Crash Was ‘Out To Commit Mayhem’

BELLMORE, NY (CBSNewYork) — Police said a man who crashed his truck into a utility pole Tuesday night on Long Island before shooting an EMT who was trying to help him was apparently on his way to commit a shooting spree.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said 31-year-old Jason Beller, of Commack, “was out to commit mayhem somewhere in this county.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Long Island Shooter’s Weapons Cache

Authorities found six guns on Beller, who police said shot and wounded 20-year-old EMT Justin Angell. Police shot and killed the gunman.

Among the weapons recovered were a rifle strapped to his chest, a small semi-automatic pistol in his pocket, a revolver on his lap and a TEC-9 within easy reach, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

Police did not further elaborate on who the man may have been targeting or a motive for the shooting.  Mulvey said no one could have expected to be “fired upon” when coming “to the aid of someone at accident.”

Wednesday night, the gunman’s distraught family passed along “sincere apologies” to the medic who was shot and said Beller was “extremely troubled.”

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs speaks with alarmed witnesses

emt shooting scene Police: Driver In L.I. Crash Was Out To Commit Mayhem

Police at the scene in Bellmore (credit: CBS 2)

Bellmore residents were left wondering what more the shooter was capable of.

“Was he just going to go invade a home? Was he going to go up to the school that’s right up the road,” Linda Roberts asked.

It all started as a routine call to the Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department after the truck crashed on Bellmore Avenue just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Police told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman that before emergency responders could get close enough to see if the driver was injured, the man got out of his wrecked pickup truck with a modified AK-47 assault rifle with a red-dot laser sight and began shooting.

“The victim of the car accident started to open fire on all of us,” Bellmore Fire Chief Robert Taylor said.

“I heard four rounds go off. It sounded like a 9mm,” an eyewitness said. “I heard a woman scream ‘He’s shot! He’s shot’. I looked across the street to the corner, there was a man on all fours.”

The firefighters were stunned, especially when one of the bullets struck Angell, their volunteer medic, in the hip.

“We used the ambulance as a shield and scooped up our medic and put him in the ambulance to transport him to the hospital,” Taylor said.

Fire Chief Robert Taylor describes the chaotic scene to 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera

Moments later, Nassau County police officers pulled up on the scene, confronted the heavily armed driver and opened fire, killing him, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.

Are you shocked by the story? Who would shoot at a person trying to save lives? Leave a comment below…

Angell, who is also an EMT in Brentwood, was said to be in good spirits at Nassau University Medical Center.  He is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, Angell posted a message on Facebook stating that he was still in the Intensive Care Unit but his condition was improving. “To everyone…thank u so much for the calls concerns and visits…just got up and walked a bit,” said part of the message.

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  • lisa

    mr armenia you are so weird crazy and a total loser!!!!!

  • wayne

    EMTs work dangerous, ???????? I dont think so. no more so than any other profession. an electrician, an carpenter, whatever, you can be shot by a stray bulllet anywhere and at anytime. its parts of everyones job. GO TO WORK AND THANKS TO GOD YOU HAVE A JOB.

    • J

      partially agreed! a carpenter, electrician, etc. doesn’t !!!volunteer!!! their time to try to save the lives of others. The risk, expected or not, comes with the job!

      “Be thankful to have a job”?… It’s volunteer, meaning not paid!

    • you idiot

      its volunteer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saoirse

    how soon does this item get buried without any mediyuuh follow-up ? wonder where he was going—-his intent was obvious.

  • Jerry

    Who cares what color he was. He is dead and that is good for the people that was around.

    • INJUN


  • Aaron

    Never been happier to see someone shot, your boyfriend or not. He had the fire power of a small army, what was he doing going to get you bread and milk? Cops acted within reason period.

    Swift recovery for the medic.

    • Sarah

      Your need for attention is ridiculous. You make these stupid and false comments just so someone will “talk” to you. I pity you so I respond.

  • Henry

    It was in Brentwood, that pretty much says it all.

    • mak

      Please reread the story. It happened in BELLMORE.

  • Fritz Von

    Why don’t we know anything about the TERRORIST?

  • adriannamackey

    what do this have to do with some one
    family in jail or race

  • H

    If someone shoots at you, you can shoot at them.
    That is NOT excessive use of force by ANY standards.
    This man shot at and HIT an unarmed PARAMEDIC – CLEARLY demonstrating his violent, volatile, and dangerous nature.

    • Mr. Armenia

      I bet he did not realize it was loaded.

      • J

        He didn’t realize it was loaded? So he just kept shooting? You just want attention! I am friendly with the shooting victim and we all should hope for a safe recovery

  • Sarah

    Are you serious? You should join your boyfriend then!

    • Mr. Armenia

      Oh, be nice!

  • Mr. Armenia

    not true

  • Chesley Snipes

    Oh, snap!

  • George Smythson

    Suicide by cop…

    Race had nothing to do with it either way.

  • Ray

    Hey Homie…………..you are apparently a moron!

  • margie

    Nice boyfriend!!! Congratulations to you!

  • frank

    I don’t know what color or race he was, but we know he was a A-HOLE and thank’s god the A-Hole is now a WAS.

  • Kerr

    You are all sick inividuals who are out of line. The issue is not the person’s race its that he was a sick individual harming someone trying to help him. He got what he deserved. All of the comments about race and money is what is wrong with all the ignorant people in this world.

  • Homie

    How could this happen with the most expensive police force in the nation?

    • I hate idiots

      by making a comment like that it just shows how clueless you are.

    • B -

      What does ‘how much the police get paid’ have to do with responding to the scene of an accident to help someone and the sick individual gets out of the car and begins shooting for no reason. I believe when the police did respond to the scene that they did their job and shot the shooter dead. Too bad he didn’t die when he hit the utility pole. That only happens to the good people.

  • David Goldstein

    What color and race was the driver?

    • Robert

      His color was orange, his race was human…. Good to see your racism kicked in before your humanity did. You are what’s wrong with this world.

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