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Bronx Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge Stemming From Garden City Restaurant Shooting

Tyshaun Phillips (credit: Nassau County Police)

Tyshaun Phillips (credit: Nassau County Police)

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Bronx man has been arraigned on murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a crowded Garden City restaurant earlier this month.

Tyshaun Phillips, 21, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge at First District Court in Hempstead in the March 16 shooting at the Mint Restaurant & Lounge on Ring Road.

Two people were shot when Phillips opened fire into a crowd at the restaurant, police said.

Emmanuel Barnett, 21, of Cambria Heights, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and later died at the hospital. A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.

Barnett’s tearful mother was at the arraignment and said she will bury her son this weekend.

“I don’t know the reason why God used my son for the example. He don’t deserve what happened to him,” Carmen Barnett told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “I would like to ask this young man what did my son do that he do that to him.”

Phillips was on parole at the time of the shooting, Hall reported. His attorney urged the public not to rush to judgment in the case.

Phillips was ordered held without bail.

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