Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Southampton Town Police detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the individual or people responsible for a shooting that injured a Riverside teenager earlier this month.
Patrol units responded to multiple reports of gunshots in the area of Brown Street and Goodridge Avenue around 9:40 a.m. on May 9, police said in a press release.
Southampton Town Police conducted a search then but located no victims. However, a short time later police were called to Peconic Bay Medical Center for a report of a 15-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the foot, according to the press release.
Phillips Avenue Elementary School went into lockout and a Southampton Town Police School Resource Officer responded and remained at the school as a safety precaution on May 9.
Southampton Town Police chief told residents at a civic meeting last week the incident is under active investigation. He said the shooting victim and his family were not cooperative. Beyond that Chief Steven Skrynecki declined to provide details.
“I can tell you it’s going to be gang-related, or drug-related or a community dispute — possibly all three,” Skrynecki told residents. “I can’t tell you more until we make an arrest.”
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email through their website.
All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential, police said.
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