Marines arrested in connection with shooting

Sergeant Michael S. Haridat, 28, of Bronx, N.Y., is currently being held in the Onslow County Jail facing a variety of charges.

January 7, 2010 8:36:25 PM PST
Two Camp Lejuene Marines are facing charges in connection with a shooting at Las Maracas restaurant in Jacksonville.

Sergeant Michael S. Haridat, 28, of Bronx, N.Y., is being held in the Onslow County Jail and is charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of 29-year-old Christian Onate Sunday. Haridat also is facing several drug-related charges.

He is a rifleman assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. He entered the Marine Corps in January 2002 .

According to Lejeune, Haridat did two tours of duty in Iraq -- one in 2007 and the second in 2008.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Erwin Rodriguez Jr. is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He is accused of shooting 27-year-old Jonni Aidoo. A third shooting victim, 27-year-old Enation Roney, remains hospitalized.

Jail officials could not say if either Rodriguez or Haridat had attorneys.

The case remains under investigation.

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