Suspected Peter Luger shooter denied bail at Brooklyn arraignment

The gunman who cops say wounded two people when he opened fire outside Peter Luger Steakhouse was denied bail Saturday at his arraignment in Brooklyn criminal court on charges that include two counts of attempted murder.

Arkies Sommerville, 24, will be dining on jailhouse cuisine after Judge Loren Baily-Schiffman turned down his lawyer’s request that he be granted “reasonable bail” and released provided he’s tracked with an electronic monitoring device.

Sommerville — who appeared remotely via livestream — lives with his girlfriend and stepdaughter in Brooklyn. He allegedly opened fire at a cousin and two other men after they escorted him out of the famous Williamsburg eatery for fighting over women during a birthday celebration there Thursday night.

Assistant District Attorney Samantha Santo alleged that Sommerville fired twice, first hitting a diner in the arm and then a patron waiting to be seated who took a bullet to the abdomen.

Arkies Sommerville allegedly opened fire and shot two people outside Peter Luger's Steakhouse in Brooklyn.
Arkies Sommerville allegedly opened fire and shot two people outside Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn.
Robert Mecea

The first victim was a tourist from California who is recovering at Bellevue Hospital with a bullet lodged near his spine, police sources said. The other man was treated and released from the hospital.

That man told The Post Saturday “I’m a victim. I feel like crap. I’ve just been shot.”

Santo said there was surveillance video from outside Luger as the beef burned. It was not shown during the court proceeding, but it reveals that “multiple individuals were within several feet of (Sommerville) sitting at tables eating their meals and standing in front of the location,” according to a copy of the criminal complaint that also charges Sommerville with assault and weapons possession.

He is also alleged to have pointed his gun at three people about two blocks away from the restaurant.

The New York Post cover for Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The New York Post cover for Saturday, May 1, 2021.
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Sommerville’s lawyer tried to argue that he works full-time in construction and has “strong community ties and strong community support.”

But he was not only denied bail, he got sentenced to two days in jail for an unrelated 2014 disorderly conduct case in which he had previously pled guilty, but only completed five of his six community service days.

A gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting outside Peter Luger’s SteakHouse in Brooklyn.
A gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting outside Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn.
Robert Mecea

He also has five open warrants in North Carolina, where cops warned on Facebook in February that he should “be considered armed and very dangerous.”

The North Carolina warrants against Sommerville allege crimes that include the armed robbery of a man who was tied up, beaten and had a gun held to his head inside his house in Littleton on Feb. 2, according to a Facebook post by the city police department.

Arkies Sommerville allegedly opened fire at a cousin and two other men for fighting over women during a birthday celebration at Peter Luger’s Steakhouse.
Arkies Sommerville allegedly opened fire at a cousin and two other men for fighting over women during a birthday celebration at Peter Luger Steak House.
Paul Martinka

At around the same time as the arraignment in Williamsburg, Peter’s Luger was open for business.

“We are all feeling OK. People are still coming in. It’s a regular day. Smooth,” a worker at the restaurant told The Post on Saturday.

Police tape seen outside Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn after the shooting on April 29, 2021.
Police tape seen outside Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn after the shooting on April 29, 2021.
Robert Mecea

Sommerville is due back in Brooklyn Supreme Court on May 5.

Additional reporting by Steven Vago

Credit: NYPOST

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