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Nov 2, 2010 6:52 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Riverside Man Dies Hours After Being Shot Outside Hampton Bays Nightclub

Nov 2, 2010 6:52 PM

A Riverside man died hours after he and a second victim were shot early Friday morning by a man dressed as a robber at a Halloween costume party at Dream Nightclub in Hampton Bays, according to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homicide Squad.

Carlo Petrusa, 64, was declared dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was taken by Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance following the 3:47 a.m. shooting on October 29, according to Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad Detective Sergeant Lamb.

Homicide detectives are still searching for the gunman, who fled the scene immediately after the shooting.

According to Southampton Town Police, the shooting occurred early Friday morning following a costume party at the nightclub.

“There was a fight at the club between contestants,” said Town Police Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze, regarding the costume contest. “Numerous subjects were involved, both inside and outside the club, and all were engaging in physical fighting.”

The second victim­—Shawn Badgett, 35, of Coram, a promoter for the event—was also shot by the same gunman during the brawl, according to police. Town Police said Mr. Badgett was transported by friends to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment and released later the same day. No other injuries were reported, according to police.

Authorities said the gunman was dressed as a character from the 1995 movie “Dead Presidents,” a film about a group of Vietnam veterans who dress in all black clothing with white face makeup while attempting to steal money that is scheduled to be taken out of circulation.

According to James Vlahadamis, the son of the family that owns the club as well as the Hampton Bays Diner on Montauk Highway, Mr. Petrusa had just moved from his home on Springville Road in Hampton Bays to MacLeod’s mobile home park off Riverleigh Avenue this summer. He also said that Mr. Petrusa, who many people referred to as “Uncle Carl,” was a former New York City Police Department court officer who worked as a bodyguard for celebrities.

He said that Mr. Petrusa, who was not married and has no children, was not working at the nightclub at the time of the shooting, though he sometimes worked security at the establishment. According to Mr. Vlahadamis, Mr. Petrusa was at the club “hanging out with my dad,” Frank Vlahadamis, on the night of the shooting. He said his family does not know why Mr. Petrusa was standing outside the club at the time.

Town Police said a fight broke out inside the nightclub between a contestant dressed as a cave woman and another contestant wearing an unknown costume. The fight moved to the outside of the club, and police said a man dressed as a character from the movie “Dead Presidents,” but who wasn’t a contestant in the nightclub’s costume contest, ran to the parking lot, retrieved a handgun from his car and discharged several rounds while approaching the nightclub’s entrance.

Mr. Vlahadamis said his father was at the club at the time of the shooting and that Mr. Petrusa was struck twice by bullets, once in the abdomen and once in the buttocks. He said that he and his mother, Maria Vlahadamis, received a call from the hospital at around 1:50 p.m. on Friday informing them that Mr. Petrusa’s condition was worsening. Mr. Vlahadamis said he learned that Mr. Petrusa had died when they arrived at the hospital later that day, adding that one of the bullets had struck Mr. Petrusa close to an artery.

“We literally saw this man every day of our lives,” Mr. Vlahadamis said, adding that a moment of silence was observed last Friday night at Dream Nightclub in memory of Mr. Petrusa. “We’re devastated,” he said, later adding, “We were as close to family as we could be without being related by blood.”

“Uncle Carl was a beautiful man,” added Paul Tully, a longtime friend of Mr. Petrusa who recently moved from Hampton Bays to upstate New York. He said both he and Mr. Petrusa used to work security at local nightclubs. “He was everybody’s Uncle Carl,” Mr. Tully added.

In May, Mr. Badgett, the second shooting victim, was one of 20 people arrested following a nine-month investigation targeting heroin traffic on eastern Long Island. At the time of his arrest, detectives found more than $60,000 in cash inside his Coram home, another $90,000 in cash in a safe deposit box, as well as heroin, scales and bags, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Mr. Badgett was charged with multiple felonies, including second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to police. He was free on bail at the time of the shooting.

The drug bust, which included 19 other arrests, resulted in the confiscation of 4,430 bags of heroin packaged for street sale and almost $175,000 in cash, according to authorities. At the time, the DA’s office said the ring helped transport 2,500 bags of heroin per week from New York City suppliers to drug dealers on eastern Long Island.

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> The 64-year-old man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

This makes it sound like the 64-year-old won't be around for his 65th birthday.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 29, 10 12:44 PM
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By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Oct 29, 10 1:40 PM
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By Yamka (12), Southampton on Oct 29, 10 1:42 PM
I guess the SH press doesn't have a relationship wih the oners of this bar, because this is sure to be front page news. On the other hand, the melee at the boardy barn on the 40th anniversary party a few weeks ago, was not mentioned. There were cops from all over the east end there and half the place got pepper sprayed, but no article? seems a little suspect to me
By Clarity (65), Whb on Oct 29, 10 1:51 PM
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good grief! we live in Hampton Bays and NEVER heard a word of that brawl! most annoyed here. the wife will be too, when I inform her later tonight.
By FellowTraveller (6), HamptonBays on Oct 30, 10 4:40 PM
Where did you hear this?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 30, 10 9:28 PM
I thought it was the SH Presses policy to not allow comments on crimes unless they involve celebs or politicians??

Also, please fix: The 1995 movie “Dead Presidents” tells is about group of Vietnam veterans who dress in all black clothing with white face makeup while robbing banks.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 29, 10 2:16 PM
Now, as to this donnybrook or bonibrawl or whatever they call it, I say the police should stay out of it. Once those two fellows who was shot heal up, they should go out and take care of it as they see fit. In my time, we fought our own battles. Police were for sissies.
And why not?
By Manorville Major (16), manorville on Oct 29, 10 4:07 PM
The movie is not about robbing banks... It was about robbing an armored truck.
By thetruth217 (1), Hampton Bays on Oct 29, 10 9:30 PM
The new website format is terrible, ever hear "if it ain't broke don't fix it?" well it applies here. Good job creating a scrambled mess with no continuity.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Oct 29, 10 10:23 PM
OT -- The new website is an improvement IMO.

New forum here:

http://www.27east.com/forum/messages.cfm?threadid=EB0E5C40-2219-3382-C1942628D97D8D58

Have a good weekend.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 30, 10 12:14 PM
wait.. The promoter was busted for heroin distribution months ago and he's out and promoting night club events in the Hamptons.. ? was that his punishment ? ..annndddd, drugs were not involved.. ?
By wggorilla (4), Hampton Bays on Oct 30, 10 12:21 AM
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Maybe he was promoting his REAL business?
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 30, 10 7:08 AM
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The man from riverhead was pronounced dead yesterday sometime...he died on the operating table and he is know as uncle carl.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Oct 30, 10 7:39 AM
First a stabbing at the dinner and now a shooting at the canal road establishment. I think this place should be shut down. Is is a coincidence that both places are operated by the same guy? What kind of people is this owner bringing to our community? Shut this place down and the illegal night club behind the dinner! How much violence does it take?
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 30, 10 10:50 AM
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Sad..... R I P Carl
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 30, 10 11:03 AM
Obviously the guy who owns the diner and the nightclub will bring in any street trash to make a buck. At the same time making Hampton Bays look like complete trash. Its people and places like this that give the club business a bad image.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Oct 30, 10 11:43 AM
First degree murder IMO.

Perp was in scuffle, went to get gun, and killed a man.

Pre-meditated.

Intentional.

Wanton.

Does NYS have the death penalty for murders like this?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 30, 10 12:00 PM
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What 64 year old is out at a club at almost 4am? I mean he is entitled but that is weird. And this is not the only murder that has happened at that place...seems like police should be paying more attention to it no?
By ahhhndrea (25), Southampton on Oct 30, 10 4:14 PM
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where the heck IS THIS "CLUB" anywaY?
By FellowTraveller (6), HamptonBays on Oct 30, 10 4:42 PM
It is on the canal right after you go under the sunrise bridge. Used to be the Cruiser Club.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 30, 10 9:23 PM
The owner has been feeding the state troopers free food for years, He also owns the H.B. Dinner
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 30, 10 6:10 PM
God Speed The His Family and Friends...Enough Said...
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Oct 30, 10 9:00 PM
Club is open for business again tonight...And for another costume night
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 31, 10 1:24 AM
How is that possible?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 10 7:16 AM
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By fishhunter718 (6), hampton bays on Oct 31, 10 8:05 AM
> The 64 yr old guy was obviously up to no good

That's about as ignorant a statement as I've seen here! Given who the late gentleman was, and what he did, he might have been employed there.

And for all your 'code words' and misspellings, you come off like an uneducated bigot.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 31, 10 9:04 AM
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I remember thinking it was strange when someone died outside the diner and they remained open for business the next day, with the blood still on sidewalk. I think it's completely disrespectful to reopen a club the next night after someone loses their life there. Especially if it's your family friend.
By EQKat (4), East Quogue on Oct 31, 10 9:26 AM
Is all about money $$$$$$$$$$...this people can care less about respect for the victims........even if they are their own friends.

I will take my business somewhere else.
By Bel (86), southampton on Oct 31, 10 10:18 AM
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wow, could this website look any worse? terrible new format.
By redtransam (2), East Moriches on Oct 31, 10 10:33 AM
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I agree...was very disappointing when I saw it.
By Bel (86), southampton on Oct 31, 10 4:57 PM
Okay, it's 'different' from what we're used to, and that alone will throw many 'regulars' off, but the terrible part is that they installed the new software, did a half-assed job of it, and then took the weekend off.

Didn't anyone in the Southampton Press' IT department test this out on a private area of their server before making it 'live' to the public?

Of course, no one here is paying anything for this, so perhaps we should just shut up.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 31, 10 5:07 PM
Did you notice that you now seem to have to scroll trough the new stories to see them and they eliminated the most recent tab. Seems they are trying to make people stay on the home page longer to view ads
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 31, 10 5:38 PM
Yea can't get used to it...too busy on the page and can't mskr out what is what. Where is the current latest news ongoing news and news from three weeks ago. What is news and what is advertizing. The real estate brokers, those who pay the bills..;), are happy as the Press has replaced their inserts, with a section front and center to readers annoyance. When will they learn that their multimillion estate buyers are not avid readers of the Press....Shhhh don't choke the golden goose.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 31, 10 9:05 PM
And again Frank Wheeler thinks he knows it all
By oldguy (60), hamptons on Nov 1, 10 11:39 AM
Are you taking issue with something I wrote, Oldguy? If so, what specifically?

Otherwise ----------
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 1, 10 5:21 PM
R.I.P Uncle Carl You Will Be Missed :P(!!!!!!!!!!
By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on Oct 31, 10 11:16 AM
Its just sooo amazing how the cops always get blamed...... maybe if some of you people put your selves in there shoes you would get a little more respect for your comments. You get into a fight , you call the police,your having a heart attack, you call the police, someones breaking into your car or house,you call the police, your kid gets beat up, you call the police, need I say anymore?????
By nunya (7), manorville on Oct 31, 10 11:16 AM
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I was wondering where someone was blaming the cops also. I guess that Diner reference?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 10 3:35 PM
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By elliot (254), sag harbor on Oct 31, 10 11:40 AM
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how dare anyone question what Uncle Carl was doing at the club. He was a family friend and at times has helped out at many of clubs in the hamptons, he was a gentle giant and would help anyone who needed anything, A very very generous man. Many people here love to shoot off their mouths here with no information. I guess we shall close the Movie Theater, dunkin donuts, and deli in hampton bays for the stabbing last year? This stuff happens more often than you whiny people know. Did you know that ...more
By fetupwithSHT (16), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 10 2:44 PM
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Yikes, calm down. I understood that after a murder/shooting that there would be some sort of inquiry that would keep it closed for awhile. I don't think anyone is slamming "Uncle Carl". Let's face it most 60+ men are at home at 3:30 am. Matter of fact, most people are.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 10 3:37 PM
...and you know this because???
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 12:00 PM
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By Erok, Southampton on Nov 4, 10 12:41 PM
Carl was a good guy but the owner of the club ???
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 31, 10 5:39 PM
no, the individual who owns the hampton bays dinner leases the night club on canal road, known as dream. Carl worked with the owner of the diner along with other club owners
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 31, 10 7:07 PM
I was not blaming the cops just wondering how dose the club open again 2 nights later and again hold a costume event? For real now?
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Oct 31, 10 5:42 PM
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The owner of the club and dinner is no more responsible for what happened in both circumstances than anyone else here. Could he predict that a fight would break out in the front of his establishment where one teenager would attack another with a knife? The same is true with the canal road club. Some stupid fight breaks out and two people get shot. Given the nature of late night clubs and late night dinners they are not always going to attract the most savory characters. Which could be true anywhere ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 31, 10 10:56 PM
First of all to those of you that dont live in hb.....this was the first time some has been killed at the club. And the diner is not open late all the time its only open late on the weekends and during the summer. So all of you need to get your facts stright. The man that was killed was a very wellknown and respected man in hb. And as for the club and diner owner......he is a very good man. If you dont have anything nice to say about it then keep it to yourself. A lot of people have lost a good ...more
By hbgirl1129 (1), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 10 11:55 PM
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The owner of the club is the same owner of HB diner?? Yes???
By hmptnlocal (47), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 10 11:40 PM
"this was the first time some has been killed at the club"

Unlike the other clubs that have shootings all the time in HB? Is that the best thing that can be said for this dump?

Whether or not the owner is a nice man, doesn't change the fact that he operates poor establishments.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 7:22 AM
The whol situation is awful, but don't blame Frank for this idiot's behavior.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 11:57 AM
If things happen outside the place can keep their license. I guess everything was pushed outside. This place is nothing but a problem all summer, now its open in for private parties? The owner is responsible because he doesnt care about the place. How many complaints did the police get all summer and nothing was done. If you have a problem tenant you get rid of them. Look at the Hampton Diner . Its a dump , food stinks and no one who knows better goes there anymore. Hopefully the Suffolk ...more
By LongIslander (43), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 1, 10 10:59 AM
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Thanks for clearing that up. I knew there were licensing issues if someone is shot in an establishment such as this. Didn't understand how it was open again instantly.

By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 11:52 AM
I gather from your reply that you were there. Was this poor man inside the building at the time or outside in the parking lot?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 1:04 PM
It's amazing that only a few people have actually commented on the most important part of this story. A MAN LOST HIS LIFE. I sometimes wonder why I bother to even look at this website. It's embarrasing to think I live with people that are so heartless and care about nothing but who to blame. How about instead of blaming the club owner or the cops, instead of calling the establishment and the people that go there trash, and most importantly instead of questioning why Carl was there, we blame ...more
By MD (22), Southampton on Nov 1, 10 11:15 AM
Carl was a nice man. My friend believes the reason he was there was he was lonely. She says you could often find him hanging around the dinner because he felt important. People liked Carl they would come in and recognized him . He would always shake their hand and ask how they were doing. The owner although tolerated him hanging around treated him like dirt most of the time.
You have to ask the question. Why does the owner (also in his 60s) who had a successful dinner for over 20 years seem ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Nov 1, 10 11:49 AM
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$$$$
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 10 12:02 PM
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No arguement there.

I just LOVE what money has done for this town.

Don't you?

Mo' money, mo' problems...
By Mr. Z (11843), North Sea on Nov 1, 10 7:16 PM
"diner"
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 1, 10 7:37 PM
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I did not personally witness this unfortunate incident, therefore I have nothing FACTUAL to add to this discussion.

May Mr. Petrusa Rest in Peace.

A service has been scheduled for tomorrow, although there is no link above:

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Hampton%20Bays/309485/Memorial-Services-Scheduled-for-Carlo-Petrusa
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 1, 10 7:34 PM
the blame game...too often the only game in town. RIP Carl
By loading... (601), quiogue on Nov 2, 10 9:52 AM
So sorry a life was lost due to the garbage that is attracted to this club. Drugs and alcohol are a mixture for trouble and security should be mandated at clubs. If the owners are having a problem with the patrons, they should call the police and have them removed. By not addressing the issues, you create an atmosphere that is unsafe for all.
By BeachGal (72), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 10 12:02 PM
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Im curious as to why they took a man who was shot in Hampton Bays to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue....wouldnt Southhampton Hospital or Riverhead had been closer??
By xtina72 (7), East Quogue on Nov 3, 10 4:04 PM
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital is a Trauma Center. Peconic Bay and Southampton are not. Due to the type of injury if the person is stable enough they are required to be transported to a trauma center..
By newsgeek (3), East Quogue on Nov 9, 10 3:24 PM
Very possible they were sending him to StonyBrook, but complications arose and they detoured to Brookhaven? I question why they didn't have him med-vac out of here.
By BeachGal (72), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 10 1:05 PM
It is possible that the medevac to Stony Brook was not available due to weather, or it was out on an other call, or the eta was too long if it was at Macarthur. Brookhaven Hopsital would be the next closest Truama Center. If the patient was stable enough and the heli was unavailable, this would be where your patient would be taken.
By newsgeek (3), East Quogue on Nov 9, 10 3:32 PM
Sorry if this was said before...
The owner of the diner (where someone was stabbed last year) is the same owner of the nightclub where this gentleman was killed.
Rif Raf?
Hampton Bays is a nice town...these are not Hampton Bays people.

By hmptnlocal (47), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 10 11:00 PM
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Don't apologize where there is smoke there is most likely fire
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Nov 4, 10 11:16 PM
Most likely...
Do we really need this garbage?? HB is a beautiful place....priceless! We really do not need this!
I don't think people understand the full potential of HB. I have lived by the water in HB all my life. There is no place on earth like this! The beauty is incredible!! and yet we have this party reputation....
The Bass Fishing..the windsailing....HB is truly amazing..we have families who have fished for years...
By hmptnlocal (47), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 10 11:33 PM
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Who's case IS this, the STPD or the Suffolk County cops?
By highhatsize (4216), East Quogue on Nov 6, 10 9:57 PM
Homicides in Southampton Town are always investigated by the county.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Nov 7, 10 3:01 AM
To VOS:

Gratzie.
By highhatsize (4216), East Quogue on Nov 8, 10 10:44 AM