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A motorist was shot in Riverhead late Friday night as he drove on Northville Turnpike near the intersection of Route 58.

“We do not believe it was a random shooting,” Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said this morning. “We don’t know all the details but we believe it’s between him and someone he knows.”

Hegermiller said the unidentified man was “sitting at the light” northbound on Northville Turnpike when he was apparently shot. A witness said he heard what sounded like gunfire, the chief said.

The man’s 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck then rolled into the Bank of America parking lot on the southwest corner of the intersection and onto Route 58, crossing Rotue 58 before coming to a stop near the medical office complex on the northeast corner, Hegermiller said.

The man appears to have been alone in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, he said.

Police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500. 

The victim was treated at the scene by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance and transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by Suffolk County Police Medevac helicopter for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police responded to “numerous calls of a motor vehicle accident and a person possibly suffering from a gunshot wound at the intersection of Northville Turnpike and CR 58 last night at approximately 10:11 p.m.,” according to a press release issued early this morning.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional information provided by police after its original publication.

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Denise Civiletti
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