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UPDATE: Home Where Shots Fired May Have Been 'Targeted'

Police said children were among the occupants at home inside.

Update: 10:16 a.m.: Riverhead police said a home where shots were fired Tuesday night may have been targeted.

"I believe there is a reason the home was targeted," said Riverhead Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia Monday morning. "What the reason is, we do not know at this time."

"We don't believe it's random," said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Loggia said at the present time, police cannot say if there is a connection between Tuesday night's shooting and a drive-by shooting of a home in February. 

Anyone with information is asked contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, Loggia said.

Original story: Police are searching for two armed men who allegedly shot at a home in Riverhead before breaking into the house on Tuesday night.

According to Riverhead police, on Tuesday at 11:29 p.m., a report came in from residents on East Avenue in Riverhead that someone was shooting at their home.

Additional reports indicated that an armed individual had also broken into the residence.

Responding units arrived on the scene and located several shell casings on the ground near the exterior of the entrance. 

At the time of the incident, the home was occupied by two adults, a 15-year-old male, a 12-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl.

No injuries were reported.

Police described the suspects as two black males wearing masks who fled on foot prior to police arrival. The suspects were allegedly armed with an unknown type of gun. A search of the area for suspects yielded no results.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-3200.

The incident is the second shooting at a Riverhead home in a month: Four suspects face a grand jury indictment in Riverside Tuesday after allegedly shooting at a Riverhead home in February.

Dennis February 27, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, arm yourselves and protect your families. It's only going to get worse for the foreseeable future, and when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Oldvet February 27, 2013 at 02:48 PM
It's rediculous. Seems things are getting worse, it's the few skels that ruin it all. Taxpayers need to be willing to beef up our local PD, town is to large to cover all. Our officers do what they can with the resources available.
Jeannie Jacobs Parisi February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Signs of the times, get use to it, it is only going to get worse in passing time, sad but true
Jeannie Jacobs Parisi February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
and yes, we have the right to protect ourselves but not with those automatic guns
Brain February 27, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Yes that's right. There are no fully automatic weapons in the hands of civilians in this country. I think you are referring to semi-automatic weapons. Fully automatic weapons are better known as "machine guns" and they are very rarely seen, owner or fired. Semi auto just means pull the trigger once, one bullet comes out. We have the right to defend ourselves with semi automatic weapons. The criminals obviously have plenty of them, so why should law abiding citizens be denied the right to defend their family and home?? I find that most ordinary citizens with no knowledge of firearms or the laws surrounding them, are really making the situation allot worse by injecting their un-informed opinions.
Carl "The Truth" Williams February 28, 2013 at 03:48 AM
• Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American... [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. o Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
openoureyes February 28, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Our local P.D. is not deployed properly. The problem isn't the amount of officers, it is the way they are deployed!
AJ Via February 28, 2013 at 01:45 PM
1788? A militia? THis is 2013. Not 1788. We don't need or have militias anymore. We do have semi-autos that are easily converted into fully autos. Give it a rest and do what so many of the old NRA's are scared of- get with the times. No one needs an AR-15 for hunting deer. Or defending themselves. And the only people that would use a semi-auto for anything besides military action would be guys like these who break into homes, terrorize people, and kill innocent civilians. Like children at Newtown and moviegoers in Colorado. Enough of the quoting of newspapers from 250 years ago. It's a dead argument.
Brain February 28, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The shooting on 3rd St. where children were shot at, an Illegal Handguns was used, not an AR-15. The weapon in this shooting has yet to be determined. I count 88 shootings in Riverhead/Flanders/Riverside area since 1988 and none of which an AR15 was used. Most were handgun and shotgun incidents. I do not see anyone going after Handguns. I do not see anyone complaining about shotgun attacks. I see people complaining about a weapon that was brought to mass shootings, accompanied by in most cases (SEVERAL) handguns on the persons of Adam Lanza and James Homes. "Never let a good crisis go to waste" - Rahm Emanuel How dare you try and suggest we should disarm ourselves from the only protection from a totalitarian government. The freedom of speech is backed by the Right to bear arms, which shall not be infringed. Even by citizens with strong opinions. If you do not agree with the constitution then you are not a patriot and you are free to leave this country. This government operates on a system of checks and balances. The Second Amendment is here to protect us from NDAA, CISPA, SOPA and all of the other Tyrannical Laws passed in the dead of night without consent of the public. So no matter what patch members think: You still have the right to bear arms. How about tougher sentences on those that use an illegal firearm? Lets see what charges stick to the shooting caught red handed in the 3rd st incident.
AJ Via February 28, 2013 at 03:56 PM
How daere I try to suggest disarming ourselves? How about common sense? Noone is taking your precious beloved killing weapons away. Just the over-the-top auto, semi, etc. You can have your shottie and rifle. Why do you need to preach about not taking weapons when you go on about the tyranny of our government, our totalitarian govt, etc? If I don't agree witht he Constitution i'm not a patriot? Really? Why do we have amendments to it? How about slavery? When they amended that, was that anti-patriotic to support? I am against shotgun murders, handgun murders, all murders, "Brain". What % of murders were commited w/ shotguns last year? If I started to talk about putting limits on handguns, can I guess that you would support that, because they kill more people? Do you think it's fair to say that because only a small amount of people are killed with auto weapons, they shouldn't be regulated or reduced? How about the totalitarian govt's of England, France, and all other "modern" countries, where they've virtually removed guns from mass society, and have nearly NO murders with guns to back that up? I fully agree with you on increased sentences for illegal firearm use. The second amendment is just that- an amendment. It can be overturned, updated. Just like any constitutional right can be rewritten when the times require it. It's not the Bible- though we all know that book is unquestionably accurate & beyond reproach. it's a blueprint for a country made 250 yrs ago-time to review...
Dennis February 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Awesome quote. Thanks for reminding us of the principles this country was founded upon.
Dennis February 28, 2013 at 04:58 PM
AJ Via - SOOOoooo....... being murdered with a knife is somehow BETTER than being murdered with a firearm????? That's baffling.
AJ Via February 28, 2013 at 05:05 PM
how foolish can you be? Their murder rates are proportionally much lower due to lack of guns- they don't kill each other with guns- and they play 1000 times (that's hyperbole, but nonetheless) more videogames in other countries and kill each other with guns much less (like, a huge difference). They are also significantly less violent, in general, than our country. Now that may be because of our fixations on guns and violence- I can't say that definitively- but I can tell you that there are far less murders- of any kind- in other countries, than in the US. Guns kill people. Those who want to kill someone, really and truly, sure, they can try without a gun. A mass killing spree in an office with knives? A school massacre with a kitchen knife? It's not going to happen the same as when there is a semi-automatic rifle and armor-piercing bullets available to that deranged killer, who got their gun with little to no background check and can wipe out 15 people in a matter of moments. No knife is doing that. It's a weak example, that being murdered with a knife is better than a gun. Because the problem is the gun- the murder happens BECAUSE OF THE ACCESSIBILITY AND EASE OF USE OF THE GUN. It's an impersonal, easy way to express violence and rage, and does't require physical strength to do so. Just a finger and a pointing motion. Good to see intelligent discussion going on though.
Brain February 28, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Yes AJ, no reason we can't have an intelligent discussion. OK ill try to respond in order: My precious weapons are for target practice, and protection of our freedoms. this is still a free country no? If by killing you mean self defense in ones home then yes i agree. Automatic is over the top yes, but semi automatic can be found in a basic .22 caliber rifle that grandpas buy their grandchildren. a revolver is technically semi auto. i Fail to see how this is over the top. I only see a lack of understanding of technical terms and a society that watches too much TV and repeats political talking points. why not bastardize the AK47 which fires 7.62, a far more dangerous round and i has not been mentioned once. The AK is the preferred rifle of most gangs. Very rarely do gangs use an AR15. The ONLY crime i know of in the US using fully auto was the infamous LA bank heist. OK the government is not totalitarian…YET. Thats because we are not yet disarmed. Have you looked at past dictators around the world and how they became such?? No i do not believe in slavery and it is offensive you would insinuate that, however if you have a problem with that particular amendment being overturned that is on you to raise the topic. The UK is the most violent country in Europe and since the gun ban violent attacks with pint glasses to the face have risen. So much so that they now are BANNING DRINKING GLASSES! Great idea and great technology. However do you see the pattern here?
Brain February 28, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Yes AJ But you are missing the part about checks and balances to a prevent tyrannical government, and that is the main reason the majority of this country believes in the 2nd amendment. That is what you so choose to ignore. The problem is with these mass shooting that no one had the chance to do anything about it. its funny that gun free zones are where these killers feel most comfortable to kill. Where they know damn well there is no chance of getting killed by any concealed or open carry gun holders, or Police. What about bombs? they can kill MORE than guns. Therefore bombs are better mass killing weapons than guns. killers will forced into making bombs if they can't get assault weapons! They are not going to just stop killing. What about mass poisonings, vehicular attacks etc.? people hurt people . don't blame the rocks, bottles, knives, fists, revolvers, shotguns, pistols, machine guns, bombs, nukes. Behind every drone is a human pilot (who is remarkably good at playing video games). Ban People!!
AJ Via March 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
No, Brain, I'm not missing that part. That's what is so funny about this. Unfortunately- it's a small % of people who are fighting against background checks, auto/semi auto bans, ammunition clip bans, etc. Those people want to equate legal, safe gun ownership with "stripping my rights" and stealing the guns out of their cold dead hands. In NY over 90% of people support background checks, limits on auto/clips, etc. If over 90% isn't democracy in action, I don't know what is. As for the other arguments- come on. Mass Poisonings? That's the argument? People might start MASS POISONING MURDER SPREES because they can't have their guns? If I had not just started cringing with shock at that argument, I'd be laughing. They will stop killing. Because they cannot kill 26 people in 2 minutes, as a 19 yr old autistic kid can currently, without someone having the chance to stop them. You will never rid the world of evil or illness that leads to murder- I recognize that. You can rid the world of the ease and impulsive opportunity to get a gun and make that decision easier. It's as simple as that. Gun free zone argument? What's the alternative- everyone should be armed? Do you honestly argue that in this country ,the way we have been going, and showing ourselves, that we need to arm MORE people and have MORE weapons in public being used and accessible? That's ridiculous; you seem smarter than to make that argument. I can't even comprehend that argument.
AJ Via March 01, 2013 at 01:19 PM
and trust me, I'm against AKs being widely available. You keep coming back to "what about this one?" argument. I don't dispute that most crimes are not committed by fully automatic weapoins. I do agree that they are fighting a battle on the wrong points, to appear like they are doing something. You're missing that point- I'm worse than "them". I say, fine, get rid of autos, they are for killing power and show. And get rid of semi-automatic weapons, and reduce handgun sales, and institute background checks and limits and clip limits and all of it. If you had less then we have now things WILL GET BETTER eventually. Will there be a big mass killing in a week where everyone will moan "oh, if only someone had had a gun to stop them!" Of course. But will thousands of people be killed by guns again this year if they continue at the rate we're going? Of course. Don't give me the slavery point back, you know my point was in amendments being overturned- not "let's reinstitute slavery, chuckle chuckle". You seem smarter than that. Trying to parse my words into "pro-slavery" would be beneath even someone who advocates for more guns in the US. I said "as in that slavery thing" in the sense of pointing out times change- and our Constitution too with it- not that you're a slavery advocate, nor did I accuse you of pro-slavery; i take you understand sarcasm. Pint glass fights: weapon of opportunity. Stop proving my point- you're making this TOO easy on me. (In your example, pint glass=guns)
Dennis March 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM
You have no idea what the purpose of the Second Amendment is. It is NOT about "hunting." Do you seriously think our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so we can go deer hunting? Maybe the problem is with our education system.
Dennis March 01, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Brian - Just a slight correction: I think the bank Heist you're referring to from the 90's was actually in Hollywood, FL. I may be wrong, though.
Dennis March 01, 2013 at 02:23 PM
AJ - When you say, "90% of New Yorkers support background checks, if that's not democracy in action, I don't know what is," it's an utterly fallacious argument. Many years ago, you may have gotten 90%+ of, say, Alabama residents to say Blacks aren't human beings. Would that make them any less human? Of course not, and we don't have the type of "democracy" you're referring to for that very reason! We have a REPUBLIC - a nation of laws, not men - and 51% *CANNOT* get together and vote away the God-given rights of the 49%. Would you have begrudged a Jew in Fascist Germany his right to defend himself from tyranny, with whatever means he chooses?
AJ Via March 01, 2013 at 02:26 PM
no, BRAIN is talking about the one in downtown LA that mimic'd the scene from the movie HEAT. The one where guys in full body armor held the police hostage while they destroyed an urban city with fully automatic weaponry, armor-piercing bullets and fired like 20,000 rounds over a 45 minute shootout. That's the one he's talking about, where two men with about 4 guns destroyed dozens of cars, building, and took more than a few lives. A lot of people were hit in the crossfire from police guns, too- because even trained police officers are not always accurate or reliable in a firefight. Most of the otehr killings and shootings that occur on a daily basis are done with far less potent and more easily available "regular" guns, the kind that we think everyone should be carrying because then no one would ever get hurt or killed, as long as Johnny Numbnuts is packing heat. That's our plan for gun control on the far right side- give everyone a gun and let them fire back when the slightest provacation arises. Because surely we won't see a huge rise in accidental shooting/killings, impulse murders, and unwarranted gun violence when highly trained, super-professional civilians- everyone, basically- has a loaded gun ready.
AJ Via March 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
pathetic hyperbole. trying to make the country safer from gun violence with background checks, clip limits, assault weapon bans and basic intelligent use and sales of guns is NOT equatable to "facism and Jews in Germany". That's a simple-minded, ignorant approach to incite anger and vitriol against a very highly-supported POV on gun control. Would the Alabama argument have made the belief correct that you cite? No. But guess what? The population of Alabama came around, when laws changed, to recognizing blacks were human. Sometimes the simple minded- and I think you'd need to agree with your argument there, that those people were ignorant, hateful, racist, whatever you want to call it- need a firm push towards progress, change, growth, and evolution to begin the process of understanding. Gun control and laws are different than beliefs in racist principles and hate. Two different concepts, ideas, morals, etc. We have a nation of laws, not men? Then how is that a few members of the NRA-bought-and-paid congress and senate can stop a bill/vote/desired change that has overwhelming popularity across the country? country of men, bud. White, conservative, ignorant, gun-lobby-controlled and funded men. Not by any means the majority- not even remotely close.
Dennis March 01, 2013 at 02:52 PM
AJ said: "trying to make the country safer from gun violence with background checks, clip limits, assault weapon bans and basic intelligent use and sales of guns is NOT equatable to "facism and Jews in Germany". " Oh yes it most certainly is. http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/GCA_68.htm Educate yourself.
Dennis March 01, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Yeah I was wrong about that - It was Hollywood, CA that the rampage he mentioned took place; for some reason I was thinking Hollywood, Florida. It was called the North Hollywood Shootout.
Brain March 01, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Dennis no worries were all talking about the same incident. AJ, OK so lets go back a few steps... Firstly "In NY over 90% of people support background checks, limits on auto/clips, etc. If over 90% isn't democracy in action, I don't know what is" That right there is the most ironic thing in this whole argument. Look at what you said there. "If thats not democracy..." OK how is it democracy when Gov. Cuomo passed the NY SAFE ACT in the dead of night without even waiting the 3 day legal rebuttal?? Look into it, hell go to the NY state safe act website if you have to and see what it really entails. Did we vote on that? The answer is no! Thats not democracy at all. Also 90% is from what biased poll? Do you really beLIEve what you see and hear from the mass media? I thought you were smarter than that. Yes the slavery thing was a bad example, and even though you didn't mean it that way towards myself, i did reply sarcastically. For the integrity of this topic i would prefer to stay away from slavery and stick to firearms. Although if slaves had firearms they would not have been slaves, they would have been FREE !!! Let me ask you…in your mind, what is an acceptable situation for an American citizen to rightfully own guns? Would you let us have them if a dictator was trying to take total control? Do you still support the freedom of speech? After all - it is just an amendment that can be overturned right? The 1st amendment is protected by 2nd.
Brain March 01, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Here are some of you other quotes that i would like to address: "because even trained police officers are not always accurate or reliable in a firefight." Exactly, so why do they get to walk around with AR-15 Assault rifles then?? Where is the balance of power? "Pint glass fights: weapon of opportunity." Wrong - weapon of culture. It is widely known that ":Glassings" are an epidemic in UK, even before the gun ban. "I say, fine, get rid of autos, they are for killing power and show" AUTOS ALREADY ARE BANNED!!! Automatic machine guns have been banned in this country since Tommy Guns were used heavily in organized crime in Chicago after the great depression and during prohibition. As we can see banning machine guns has stopped gun violence in Chicago (Obviosly sarcastic). So now you want to go with such broad terms as to ban semi-autos? That includes most plinking model 22 rifles, and revolvers. It already sucks that i have one year to "turn in" my 22 10 shot rifle that is semi-auto that my grandfather got me. Cuomo is taking it away even though it is registered legally and i am responsible citizen...and somehow that will save schoolchildren somewhere in this country?
Brain March 01, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Only a few more points and ill give it a rest ; ) Crime is stopped when citizens have guns. Heres some stats from CATO INSTITUTE that should clear up Misconceptions about gun control: 'The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 % lower violent crime rate, a 19 % lower murder rate and a 39 % lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Remarkably, guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns. Another point: • I am for background checks - i have always taken them. I am willing to wager that the ones who shot up EAST AVE & 3RD did not bother or attempt to pass a background check. Also i would like to debate more of your quotes: "That's the one...where two men with about 4 guns destroyed dozens of cars, building, and took more than a few lives". • The ONLY ones who died in North Hollywood shootout was the 2 bank robbers. "But guess what? The population of Alabama came around, when laws changed, to recognizing blacks were human" • Ok Alabama did it then. But Just LAST WEEK the state of Mississippi has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice!!!!! After seeing the movie Lincoln the figured this out LOL! Were not as advanced as you would like to give us credit for.
Brain March 02, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Before we go any further i want to thank you both for keeping this heated, but a good honest discussion, that has been fair enough. More fair than many debates on other online news comment sections. Proceed!
AJ VIa March 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I cannot disagree on your last statement- we are NOT as advanced as I would LIKE to give humans and especially, Americans, credit for. In fact, I think we're sadly less capable of compassion, intelligent decisions, love, and tolerance. One of the main reasons I want to see less guns out on the streets, because they get used in anger and harm by those who do not think about the value of life or the point of living. If less guns equals less death, I'm for it. But I cannot say unequivocally that people will stop killing each other; we always have and continue to do so. Sadly, we live in a world where people hurt, lie, steal, rape and kill each other over very minor and silly things daily. If anything can help reduce that...I'd like to see it. I'm done with this fight too- I never meant to go on for so long- and hope at the end of the day whatever happens helps reduce violence and death, whetehr it be by my way or yours (or Gov. Cuomo's midnight facist vote system). (Kidding, but yeah, I know, that's not the right way to do things. Especially considering it would have passed in NY regardless. And 90% poll is not a liberal thinktank poll; its pretty standard reporting; even the NY POST notes the extremely high support for some of those changes. Yes, I read the NYPOST every day. I enjoy the crazy people who write for it.)

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