Suffolk Homicide detectives on Nov. 18, 2015 investigated the scene of a fatal shooting on Old Quogue Road the night before. Photo: Peter Blasl

(Updated: 1:07 p.m.) A Riverhead man was shot and killed last night on Old Quogue Road in Riverside.

Thomas Lacolla, 27, was found shot to death inside a parked 2005 Mercedes Benz last night outside 185 Old Quogue Road, police said.

Southampton Town and New York State police responded to 911 calls of shots fired on Old Quogue Road at 9:37 p.m. yesterday, police said.

Lacolla, who lived on Northville Turnpike, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Suffolk County Medical Examiner physician assistant.

Multiple shots were fired, according to Kevin Beyrer, chief of the Suffolk County Police Homicide division. Police believe the shots were fired at close range, and they are still working to determine the number of shots fired.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting and have not yet determined if it was related to criminal activity or a domestic incident. “It’s too early to tell,” Beyrer said.

Beyrer said the police have not yet determined the ownership of the Mercedes.

Suffolk County Police homicide detectives are investigating the scene of the crime, according to the county police department’s public information office. No arrests have been made yet.

A portion of Old Quogue Road remained closed off as police investigate the crime scene this morning.


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