Springs resident Valon Shoshi—the man police said fired three shots in his home, injuring his mother, before fleeing in his car with a 12-gauge shotgun in early October—stood seemingly anxious before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana last Thursday, October 30, at his first court appearance since his arraignment.
Mr. Shoshi, 29, was charged last month with reckless endangerment, a first-degree felony; assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor; illegal discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor; and possession of a loaded firearm, a misdemeanor. He had completed a psychiatric evaluation at Stony Brook University Hospital on Wednesday, October 29, which Justice Rana had ordered at his arraignment.
Dressed in a black suit, shifting his balance on and off each foot, Mr. Shoshi kept his arms crossed while Justice Rana sternly reminded him of the conditions of his bail. “I’m taking your passport,” she said. “If you leave, you will be in violation of your bail, and you need to understand that.”
Mr. Shoshi, a native of Kosovo, came to the United States as a teenager and attended East Hampton middle and high schools before graduating and becoming assistant chief of the East Hampton Village Ambulance and a paraprofessional at John Marshall Elementary School.
At the beginning of 2013, Mr. Shoshi returned to his home country, where his estranged wife still resides. He came back to the United States in December 2013.
“I set bail for this matter at $25,000,” Justice Rana said. “I took your passport. If I find out you violated [that], it will not be a good situation for you.”
Accompanied by his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., Mr. Shoshi told Justice Rana he understood the terms of his bail, and his case was adjourned.
But the order to stay put wasn’t easy, according to a post on Mr. Shoshi’s Facebook page, which offered new insight into the incident that took place on October 3.
Three years ago, Mr. Shoshi met his wife, Paulina Nushi, according to the post, and struggles in their marriage left him feeling helpless.
“It’s my belief that marriage is forever,” he wrote. “I gave up my job at John Marshall (where I was a role model, and hope I have not let those kids down), assistant chief at the East Hampton Ambulance and EMS instructor for Suffolk County. I gave up my friends, my life here and my family to pursue starting a family of my own in my homeland. Over the past year, I have watched that fall apart and it consumed me,” he wrote, adding that he was much too private a person to reach out for help with his personal struggle.
“I am so sorry if I scared anyone with my private situation becoming so public,” he continued.
Outside the courtroom last week, after his case was adjourned, friends and family surrounded Mr. Shoshi, offering hugs and words of support, before trailing outside to their cars.
Mr. Shoshi will appear back in court on November 26 for an attorney conference on the felony charge.