Update: Shots Fired in Landlord-Tenant Dispute in Levittown

Tenant surrenders after opening fire on landlord in home; Island Trees Schools on lockout after shooting.

Island Trees Schools on lockout after shooting in nearby home. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)
Island Trees Schools on lockout after shooting in nearby home. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)

Originally reported at 3:29 p.m. on Feb. 11

A dispute between a landlord and a tenant erupted in gunfire in a Levittown home Tuesday afternoon, according to Nassau County Police.

Cops confirmed that shots fired at the home on Carter Lane near Bloomingdale Road ended in minor injuries to a landlord and a bystander.

A tenant, Rohan Kahn, 58, reportedly opened fire after a fight with their landlord just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, cops said.

"The tenant began to assault the landlord," NCPD's Insp. Kenneth Lack told Newsday. "The landlord attempted to leave the house and . . . [was] being chased by the tenant, who armed himself with a rifle. He fired several shots at the landlord as he was chasing him."

Officers confirmed that no one was hit by a bullet in the incident, but the landlord was injured by flying glass as a result of the gunfire. A woman who happened to be driving by was also struck by glass as bullets flew, police said.

The landlord and bystander both sustained minor injuries that were not life threatening, authorities said.

The tenant responsible for the gunfire returned to his home and stayed there before surrendering to police at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nearby Island Trees schools were placed on lockout as police swarmed the area, surrounding the house and flying overhead in police helicopters.

Island Trees Public Library also posted on their Facebook page that “due to some police activity in the area, the library is on temporary lockdown” until further notice.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will update as more information becomes available.
Rich February 11, 2014 at 03:38 PM
schools still in lockdown
Rich February 11, 2014 at 03:44 PM
school messages says bloomingdale and constable. Some comments on news 12 say bloomingdale and allen crest
Heather Doyle (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Thanks for the update on the schools, Rich. We're still trying to confirm exact locations but reports so far say it's in a home in that area.
just browsing February 11, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Bloomingdale and Allen Crest. By Gioviannis
Claudia Brunie February 11, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Schools still on lockdown, Bloomingdales and constable are the cross streets I live two blocks away everything is shut down, helicopters circling above...
Frank T February 11, 2014 at 04:09 PM
East Meadow high school is also in lockdown.
Frank T February 11, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Lockdown in EM HS just ended.
Claudia Brunie February 11, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Island trees still on lock down, just heard from my son, all kids are I their classrooms
Kathy Doubleu February 11, 2014 at 04:35 PM
apparently a landlord and renter dispute, 2 people hurt while driving by, shooter still on the loose per WABC news at 4:30. I still hear Copters buzzing around too. There's an armored car there as well
Heather Doyle (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM
We have new info that it was indeed a landlord-tenant dispute and that no one was seriously injured. We'll have an update added to this story momentarily.
Kathy Doubleu February 11, 2014 at 04:46 PM
He's surrendered as of 4:46pm, schools will be released
Connie February 11, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Thank God everyone is ok. I wonder if it is another illegal rental with multiple tenants.
Jonathan Kaplan February 11, 2014 at 06:18 PM
OK, but I'm looking for LONG BEACH news on Long Beach Patch, my hometown there's Long Beach Sand in My Shoes LONG BEACH!!!
Sharon Krause Young February 11, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Thank God - all are safe - what a day -
Pat Richards February 11, 2014 at 08:20 PM
"Lockdowns" and "Lockouts" are for prisons, not Americans living in a free society. Stop using these damn words.
GCBob February 11, 2014 at 08:25 PM
I am little confused, it's printed at the top of this page that this is the garden city patch. I don't find any stories about Garden City. What's happening? On Monday evening the Garden City School Board had it's first budget session but I have not seen that reported regarding it's proposed $109,329,898 for 2014-15 budget with a maximum allowable tax levy of 1.67% and the trouble they are having in continuing to delivering services.
Jonathan Kaplan February 11, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Where's Joe K and where does Heather Doyle live? Where is my Long Beach Patch why are there no more articles about Long Beach?
Rosalie February 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
This lock out/in is ridiculous in these contained situations. There would be no problems letting kids out only to parents at dismissal Instead of waiting til 5:15 for ALL parents to come at the SAME time. Boy that was brilliant ! I know it's my opinion but I was in school and it was very dangerous too have so many people at one place at one time and kids all in the gym waiting to be picked up.
Concerned American February 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM
I think the schools did what the police asked them to do. If kids are dropped off in the area, what keeps them from reading what's happening and going to the incident? Safer in the school under supervision-many go home to empty houses.
ed February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM
BLAME KATE MURRAY for the lack of enforcement on ILLEGAL APARTMENTS! Why are we paying taxes for CODE ENFORCEMENT????????????
Eddie February 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Only prisons "lockdown" their prisoners. What a pity that this Nation has turned to this. Now Mr. Landlord can spend fourteen months in Hempstead court trying to evict this slug who shot at him. Even though he'll be in jail, the landlord must go through court, fight an appointed attorney paid by the County and store is assailant's crap in a bonded warehouse for a year. And they wonder why the middle class is fleeing Nassau.
Jack February 12, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Is Levittown White Trash area? It certainly isn't the levittown of post WW2 returning GI's, right? Does anyone really think kate lives in Levittown? is it still a family area? This is the future of Hempatead and Nassau County. A north shore south shore east west Wantagh Pkwy divide is developing.
Paul Manton February 12, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Ed, the middle class is not fleeing Nassau County because of this incident or incidents like it. The middle class ones that are fleeing are the young people because antiquated zoning codes from the 1950's have made illegal apartments the only form of affordable housing; because now that manufactures like Grumman's have moved away or gone under and previously well-paying jobs have been outsourced overseas or given to illegal aliens who'll work for peanuts, the only jobs for somebody with a Master's or Bachelor's degree are working welfare wages at a fast food chain (provided the manager does not consider them "overqualified");because with the high taxes people pay they get inferior-quality public services that are run by political patronage. Would that this isolated landlord/tenant dispute were our only problem.
ed February 13, 2014 at 09:42 AM
You can blame FREE TRADE agreements for all of this. The middle class is being eliminated. Much easier to control when people struggle.
Jack February 13, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Long Island doesn't need affordable housing which is a code word by the extremist left wingers for housing projects. LI needs lower school property taxes- that is why people can't afford a house. More minorities are moving to LI to get the welfare freebies and the better school districts which inevitably leeds to lower school standards and housing blight. There is nothing to stop this movement since the authorities won't stop illegal aliens.
ed February 13, 2014 at 04:53 PM
The problem is the district employees and the multiple position which are basically the same job. If the Super is making $250,000 why does he need 45 assistant Supers each making $150,000?
Paul Manton February 13, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Jack. Let's not politicize or racialize the issue of affordable housing. Levittown in 1947 was "low income rental housing" and people in Hicksville, Wantagh, East Meadow, and Bethpage didn't want it and, in the 1950's, there was a social stigma attached to being a Levittown resident. When I hear people in the area bemoan the prospects of "low income rental housing", I amazed about how little they know about the history of their own community or how short their memories must be. Levittown offered a chance of a lifetime for working class people - homecoming GI's- who often had no stable employment, no education, and nowhere to live. Ed: You are quite right about the impact of "free trade" as well as the needless multiplication of jobs and cost to the taxpayer thereof.
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Paul Manton February 14, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Ed: Whilst you well point out the insanity of top-heavy/multiple layered public school bureaucracy, it alone can not account for the fact that my house, built is now worth about 42 times more than when it was built. There are a number of factors why this is so, but more salient is the fact that the average family income is not 42 times higher today than it was in 1951. Twelve or thirteen times, perhaps, sixteen or seventeen times if somebody has a really well-paying job, but not forty-two times. Income has not kept up with rising costs of education, medial care, or housing. That's why in 1950, the average Levittown homeowner was 23 years old and today in 2014 we can't even begin to imagine a 23 year-old buying a house. My father was a blue collar worker with an 8th grade education and six kids who nonetheless purchased his own home in Levittown. Somebody in his position today would be living on welfare and/or in Section 8 housing or a homeless shelter and his kids would be farmed-off into the foster care system. Prosperity -of which the ability to become a homeowner with greater ease decades ago than today is an example- has eluded this generation. There are several reasons for this too, in addition to taxes. I worked in the retail field in the 1980's and into the 90's and got to know a number of "old-timers" - people who had been retailers in the 1950's and 60's when a salesman, stock clerk, or janitor earned a decent salary, the store was closed on Sundays and major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and the company made a profit selling goods manufactured in the U.S. by working class adult factory workers who received an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. Today retail is full of part-time, minimum wage employees who sell goods made by child slave labor in Third World countries.
ed February 15, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Paul.....GOOGLE "Federal Reserve Act 1913" That is why your dollar is worth less and less each year.


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