Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney File photo: Alek Lewis

A Calverton man was indicted today for attempted murder and other charges for a shooting in July at a candlelight vigil in Bellport, according to Suffolk County prosecutors.

Steven Reid, 27, shot and injured two people, and shot at several others, after attending a July 6 candlelight vigil in Bellport attended by more than 100 people, which was held to honor the life of a community member who had recently died in a motorcycle accident, according to District Attorney Raymond Tierney. Reid fled New York after the shooting and was arrested in North Carolina after an investigation into his whereabouts, according to the DA.

“This defendant allegedly opened fire on an unsuspecting community gathered to mourn the loss of a loved one,” Tierney said in a statement. “His alleged actions severely injured two individuals and put countless others in harm’s way. He then fled Suffolk County to try to avoid responsibility for these alleged actions. Through the great investigative work of our Suffolk County detectives, prosecutors and investigators, we were able to track him down, apprehend him and bring him back to Suffolk County where he will face these charges.”

According to the DA’s press release, Reid became involved in a physical altercation with another man at the vigil, pulled out a gun and shot the man at point-blank range in the upper right thigh, causing injuries that required emergency surgery. 

Minutes after the first shots were fired, Reid followed the crowd dispersing after the vigil and fired on another group of people, shooting at one man from close range and injuring his back, shoulder and both of his legs, according to the district attorney. Reid then open fired on a female adult two times and shot at a group of people that included one woman and a nine-year-old boy, according to the press release.

Suffolk County Police detectives launched an investigation into the incident and Reid remained at-large until he was located on Sept. 19 in North Carolina by law enforcement, according to the press release. 

He returned to New York on Spet. 26 to face charges in the shooting, which include two counts of second-degree attempted murder; one count of first-degree assault; one count of first-degree attempted assault; one count of second-degree assault; two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the district attorney’s office.

Reid was arraigned today and was ordered held without bail, according to the district attorney. His next court date is Nov. 18.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com