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2nd UPDATE: 3 Shot in Huntington Station

Police suspect gang rivalry behind violence.

Three men were  shot in Huntington Station Sunday afternoon and another person was injured in a collision with a police car responding to the shootings.

said the three victims, Darius Howard, 16, Devon White, 18, and Philip Perez, 22, were sitting in a car at the Lincoln Farms Apartments about 3:15 p.m. when a large group of men surrounded the vehicle, two of whom shot into the car. The violence is believed to be gang related, police said.

Howard, of Greenlawn, sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and a grazing wound to his head. White, who lives in the apartment building, was shot in the groin. Perez, of  Huntington Station, was shot in the arm, armpit and hand.

The three victims were taken by ambulance to Huntington Hospital. 

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Several neighbors said there had been repeated shootings at the building, which formerly housed the Lincoln Elementary School.

Lydia Galloza, who has owned her home across from the apartment building for six years, listed a series of shootings, which she said began Aug. 17. She said she had several relatives living in the Lincoln Apartment building and knew one of the shooting victims.

“It’s gotten dangerous to live there,” she said, but added that complaints to one of the owners had not been addressed. “I want to live in peace, like everybody,” she said. “I don’t want to live where I have to duck because I’m worried about my safety.” 

She said shootings had occurred on Aug. 17, Sept. 24, twice on Oct. 6, Oct. 10 and again on Nov. 20. Others milling about at the shooting scene described numerous break-ins in the neighborhood and demanded police action and the installation of technology, which was just recently launched in Huntington Station.

When it was implemented less than two weeks ago, it was not known the precise placement of the devices that help spot the location of gunshots.

At least one police helicopter was seen overhead and a canine unit was reportedly being brought in to track down the shooters.

While numerous police vehicles and officers were busy at the scene, a block north at Pulaski Road and First Avenue, other officers were securing the site of the crash between a police car and another vehicle.

A man who lives near the intersection said the police car was southbound on First Avenue when it collided with a 2007 Chevy sedan traveling west on Pulaski. He said the female driver was thrown out of her seat onto the floor of her car.

Police said the officer involved in the accident was treated for injuries and released by Huntington Hospital. The woman, who is 82, was being treated for her injuries.

Patch will update this story as we receive more information.

2 Turn Tables November 28, 2011 at 02:10 PM
That's heavy. Then I have to ask myself, who in the world votes for these people? Huntington is the only place where I believe the constituents do not hold their elected officials accountable. They have this blind rabid bliss about the current board, and those who have a track record of high density housing. It's bizarre.
stan linden November 28, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Ten years ago I called this situation. The town does not have a clue on solving this issue. The crime will spread into the village over time. We need to face reality and not be PC about this. Illegal housing has got to go. Affordable housing is not the cure. This is a middle class to upper middle class area. You are not supposed to lower standards at the expense of everyone else. We need a gang expert and to enforce the town codes. Or do we wait for the disease to spread to the whole town. Lets wait for the first shooting or stabbing at Walt Whitman or Huntington H.S.. I lived in Washington Heights before the crime, now it is crime ridden because of illegal immigrants and low-income housing. Our safety and long term standard of living is at stake.
Bea Hartigan November 28, 2011 at 03:16 PM
The Lincoln Elementary School (Public) was just north of Jericho Turnpike on What is now Rte 110 after it veers west from 'Old NY Ave'.
michelle November 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I like that idea! It isn't that close to JA, several blocks south
michelle November 28, 2011 at 04:04 PM
true
Lisa November 28, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I wrote a comment, "TRUTH," about the kids in this town killing each other. About the epidemic of weed and alcohol consumption in our Junior High and High School. I posted the truth. You delete my post, who runs this website, Lawyers. Your no better than the town board, "you can't handle the truth", Patch.
michelle November 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM
If this is happening, the town using their power to intimidate residents for exercising their right to free speech, then there has to be someone out there, reporter, lawyer, etc that could look into this. Once and for all.
JSC November 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM
No, this Lincoln Elem School was part of the Huntington School District from the late 20's to the late 50's or so. It was turned into the housing that was the scene of these shootings.
JSC November 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Several years ago both these high schools dealt with the gang problem and have basically had it under control since. I'd dare say that they may have to gear up for another attack against allowing these gang members in the schools, if they haven't done so already.
cate harrington November 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
It all can be over by getting ride of section 8 housing, section 8 is needed for a hand up not for life ..So anyone living in section 8 housing connected to crime has to loss there voucher.Period How do we start to address this section 8 housing.You would not believe how many shelter homes for the homeless with no supervision are in these neighborhoods.You dont even know whos living in them.Landlords just collect and hire a 10 dollar and hour worker who doesnt care.
cate harrington November 28, 2011 at 05:00 PM
WITH SPENCER IN MORE OF THE SAME! HIS CLUB IS CALLED HUNTINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY AND BEHIND HIM IS COOPER .SPENCER IS COOPERS FRONT MAN
Kim November 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Doc Spencer was in charge of section 8 vouchers. He stepped down in APril to run for office.
lou franchi November 28, 2011 at 05:41 PM
MAYBE THE SHOOTER CAN HIDE IN THE TUNNEL AT THE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.
Rose November 28, 2011 at 06:01 PM
FYI none are illegal all American citizens you bunch of ignorant individuals!!
lauren November 28, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Even the large group of shooters that surrounded the car? It's not that far fetched that sone of these criminals are illegal. Fact that some are living in housing that "may" be illegal according o TOH property records.
cheryl November 28, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Who ever posted the comment that this was a result of illegal aliens. So not true this is a result of wannabes gangs.The landlord of Lincoln farms apartment building need to get rid of the problem persons that live there for the safety of others in that building and the surrounding area. The problem is these kids will not tell who did the shooting. The no snitch rule.Next time it will be some one who is innocent.
Anthony LaBate November 28, 2011 at 06:22 PM
The people who were shot we're all American citizens, just FYI and or your peace of mind
Rob November 28, 2011 at 07:04 PM
How does anyone know their immigration status if nobody has been caught?
2 Turn Tables November 28, 2011 at 07:25 PM
@Rose- News flash! Huntington Station has an enormous population of illegal immigrants. You don't need to see their docs to figure that out. A large percentage of crime is due to that illegal population, so spare me. I wanted to put down 12 million dependents on my tax return, but my accountant advised against it. Ask a teacher at HHS, the test scores take a beating because they don't speak English. The tax payer is drained for lack of "paying into the system", and then the crime. How dare you call anyone ignorant, considering the cesspool HS has become.
Robert Desmond November 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Rose, I am the ignorant one on this topic anyway. You are a bit late as I was corrected earlier. What's your point? Is it unrealistic that it could have been latin gang members? Did they catch the shooter? Maybe they are MS13. Would you have been shocked if it were gang related violence. It would appear that I am not the only ignorant person on this board.
Robert Desmond November 28, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Stan, although I share you sentiments I would have hoped that the violence over the summer in town and the rape in Huntington Bay would have been the wake up call. What was the reaction of the voter? Although probably outraged and concerned they stayed home election night. They rationalize is that this is a Huntington Station problem. The aforementioned crimes are tragedies but apparently it is going to take far greater and more frequent crimes in their neighborhood to wake them up. I can only conclude that those who live in the McMansions north of 25A inheriteted their money because they appear to be alert enough to have made their own fortunes. They are not proactive enough to protect the investment in their property values. The managers of our real estate are our local politicians and they fail to hold them accountable. In fact they allowed Susan Berland back on the job and promoted Spencer to higher office. Are the rich really this dumb?
jason November 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM
i live across the street from their and when my brother heard the gun shots he checked outside and saw these men going through our yard and jumped over my fence and one of them left behind there bikes on our lawn and the police confescated it for evidence and asked us questions but after they left i went to check out what happened and i thought someone actually died and i could one of the guys who got shot laying on the ground at a distance and i couldn't go any further cause the police closed it off but it was really scary and peaple were crying and it happened rite next to a church.
2 Turn Tables November 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Well, electing any Democrat will ensure more of the family fun and hijinx! Dr. Density is ready to give more "affordable housing" to those. I say, use the seminary that is closing in Huntington Bay, and make a huge sprawling "affordable housing" complex so we can spread the happiness to the mentally ill who voted for Berland and Spencer this election day.
lauren November 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM
The seminary s nowhere near Huntington Bay. It's actually in Lloyd harbor . No one would dare put affordable housing here! I live north of 25a close to Huntington bay and have been opposed as have been my neighbors to Dr Density an all his housing policies. I don't know anybody on this side of the tracks that voted for Spencer or Berland. Obviously they are out there and must be mentally ill!!!!
2 Turn Tables November 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM
@ Lauren, I had seen a lot of Dr. Density campaign signs in my travels. I still propose to put affordable housing or Section 8 for diversity! Maybe you can have your car broken into, like I did! Or tell your kids not to go into Huntington Village at night because of the violence that has occurred in the past. I would say mentally ill, yes. Cooper lives out there too? Doesn't he? Put it in his backyard. I am going to call Dr. Spencer's office and strongly suggest they buy the land from the Catholic Church, and put in affordable housing! Why shouldn't everyone enjoy the fun?
lauren November 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM
@David -I've had my car broken into in my own driveway. My kids are too little to go to the village but I would not let them by themselves a night. I'd love to hear sn excuse to why affordable housing can't go in Lloyd harbor. I'm againt anymore housing right now anywhere but would love to hear it proposed and watch how high peopl jump!
2 Turn Tables November 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Let me be the first. I will be a strong advocate when Dr. Density takes office, and try and put as much vigor as possible to advocate housing in Lloyd Harbor or Huntington Bay, right were Cooper lives.
lauren November 28, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Well Cooper lives Lloyd Harbor, and Spencer in Centerport so start there!
Robert Desmond November 28, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Mr. Mayoka and Mr. Cook, Where are you guys? I have supported you in the past. Where is your joint statement? Gene, you need not be in office yet to make a statement. Let's grow a pair boys and get some legislation proposed that will get this nightmare of illegal housing under control. Propose the legislation and let Berland, Petrone and Cuthbertson dare vote it down. Petrone and Cuthbertson are up for re-election next. Let them show by vote where they stand. With the slum lords and street gangs or with the tax paying voter? Get them on the record.
Jerry Hannon November 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM
It really would be nice if the people making all manner of unproven allegations about who was involved in this shooting would actually wait for facts, instead of treating all of us to their radical fantasies. Facts trump fantasy any day of the week, but that diligence would require someone to think and act intelligently, wouldn't it? Crime is terrible and unacceptable, whether violent crime or property damage crimes, but let's find out the truth, folks, about who was involved.

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