Authorities believe Haynes and an unnamed 17-year-old got into a verbal argument which later escalated to a physical fight.
Haynes is accused of slashing the other teen’s neck and brandishing a handgun. According to media accounts, he was subdued by a group of gym members and held down until police arrived. Haynes reportedly fired one shot during the scuffle, but no one was hit.
The alleged victim was treated for minor wounds at a nearby hospital and had been released by Wednesday morning, reports added.
Alleged Teen Shooter in Custody After Fight
According to Suffolk County police, Haynes and the unnamed 17-year-old were arguing at the LA Fitness on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when staff told them both to leave.
The fight reportedly became physical in the parking lot, before Haynes got in his car and left and the 17-year-old returned to the gym, police said.
About half an hour later, investigators believe, Haynes returned to LA Fitness. He reportedly confronted the 17-year-old in the gym’s locker room. After a brief exchange, police said Haynes slashed at the teen’s neck with a “metal object” before allegedly pulling out a handgun.
The pair left the locker room and began fighting in the main gym area, while the teen alerted other patrons that Haynes had a gun, according to authorities. Police said they received “several” calls from witnesses at about 7:50 p.m. reporting an “active shooter” situation.
Haynes reportedly tried to flee the scene, but three gym members wrestled him to the floor and held him down until police arrived. Authorities said the 18-year-old fired off a single shot while the good Samaritans subdued him, but no one was hit.
First responders arrived at the gym within five minutes, reports indicate. Haynes was arrested at the scene, while the 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries sustained in the fight. The alleged victim had been treated and discharged by Wednesday morning.
Noah Haynes, 18, Facing Charges
Haynes, a resident of nearby Wyandanch, was booked in the Suffolk County First Precinct lockup Tuesday night and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, menacing and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, officials said.
The assault, endangerment and weapon possession charges are all felonies in New York state. If convicted on those counts, statutory sentencing guidelines could require Haynes to serve at least seven years and as many as 29 years behind bars.
The menacing charge can be prosecuted either as a felony or misdemeanor in New York.
Jail records for Noah Haynes were not immediately available. The 18-year-old was arraigned Wednesday morning at the First District Court in Central Islip, according to News 12, though it’s not clear if his bail was set during the hearing.
Not Long Island’s First Alleged Teen Shooter
A similar incident unfolded in October, when a Suffolk County man was reportedly shot in the cheek while trying to break up a fight between teenagers outside a high school in Wyandanch.
The unnamed, 40-year-old victim was treated at a West Islip hospital and was expected to recover. No arrests were made at the time of the shooting.