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Huntington Man in Serious Condition After Being Shot On Wall Street

Police continue to search for suspect.

A 21-year-old Huntington man is in serious condition after being shot multiple times early this morning, according to Suffolk County police.

Cory Culberth, 21, was standing in front of 6 Wall St. at about 2:50 a.m. when he was shot in his abdomen and left arm. Another bullet grazed his head, according to police. 

Culberth was transported in a private vehicle to Huntington Hosital where he is listed in serious condition.

The suspect, is described as a black male between 20 and 25 years old, who fled the scene of the shooting north on Wall Street.

Police are asking anyone information regarding this incident to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Logical July 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Included you because you seemed to be agreeing with Paul's point, maybe you were just agreeing it should be a wake up call. With which I also agree.
Andrea July 19, 2011 at 09:01 PM
No, my "very true" was more an agreement with the overarching concept of not feeling as safe and this needing to be a wake up call... I'm really wondering how close and how dramatic these incidents need to get... do we really want to only stand up once something even worse happens? Like that 4th bullet that grazed the victim's head - what if it then struck a child? Or what if the kids that held up the gas station near Milldam shot the attendant? I'm just wondering how much needs to happen before both our police, and our town, finally organize against these seemingly random yet prolific events.
JSC July 19, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Logical, I never said anything about handing over control, my point was that the gov't we have in town isn't doing what they SHOULD be and we don't have enough police patrolling the village at night when needed. Security cameras are generally placed on buildings by private businesses, and that would be fine. I even heard someone say that if we gave a $500 tax credit for business to purchase and maintain these cameras, more would do it. And thus we'd have more film of any crime for the police to use. Would they prevent crime? I'm sure for some "kids" they would, others would be oblivious to their presence or wouldn't care in the heat of the moment. But something is better than nothing, and it wouldn't cost the taxpayer anything.
craig July 20, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Right on Lauren, its all about the hud houses, section 8 and illegal apartments like I said already and will stress again. Remove this element from the community and crime will vanish, as far as where will these people go, who cares, Hempstead back to the city it doesnt matter anywhere but here. If you were told you had to leave an apt for any reason you would go and find a new apt its just that simple. I have no compassion for people who live for free and don't give back to the system. Sorry for my lack of compassion but I put the safety of my family and friends first over the needs of lawless bands of misfits.
Mike Field of Huntington Station July 20, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Yeah, lets have a parade and fair. That will fix all our problems. What we need is for our elected officials to do what they were elected to do, and I don't mean waving at crowds, getting their picture taken, or forming another committee.
Jake July 20, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Gonna go out on a limb here...the shooter probably came from a broken home, single parent or no parents, maybe parents just like him. Maybe he was neglected, beaten, burned, hated, all from a young age. He grew up in an environment where he had no morals or values taught to him. Maybe he had fetal alcohol syndrome because his mother was 16 and drank when she had him. Maybe he has 5 or 6 friends just like him, who have gone through the same hell that I can't even imagine. Maybe when he turned 13 or 14 he saw the older kids who were 16, 17, 18 being rewarded by "their community" for being thugs, being tough, selling drugs, making money, stealing money, robbing. That was considered cool. Having a job, speaking politely, using manners, refraining from being verbally and physically abusive to others...not things that make you cool in "their community". Sometimes, certain groups of people, experience certain life altering events at such a young age, that without proper guidance and love there is no turning back. There is no making them right. This is just another kid that never turned back. You can't stop someone like this, you can only hope that something like what happened early Sunday morning doesn't happen. Well it did, and unfortunately it will probably happen again. Just remember, that shooter has 5 or 6 friends just like him. How are we going to change them? How are we going to change their kids? It's a horrible cycle. Think about that.
Andrea July 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I don't see the need for drawing lines between the Village, the Station, the Bay etc - if one area has a problem it is, or will eventually become, everyone's problems. The fact that certain areas are more likely the breeding ground for violence doesn't make a difference in the end and we should all care about the safety and welfare throughout Huntington. I grew up in the Southdown area and now live near Milldam/ Fort Hill but I went to HHS with kids from all over Huntington - wherever these elements are coming from be assured that they are going to affect everyone in our town - as evidenced by recent events. However, interestingly enough, I believe I heard on News12 that the victim was from Greenlawn? And several if not all of the people involved in the armed robbery at the gas station near Milldam were also from Greenlawn I believe. So seriously, what on earth is the point of deciding this is a "village" problem?
Andrea July 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Interesting point. While I think that is a completely unrealistic "solution", let's play it out for a second. First, there are plenty of upstanding people living in the areas of which you speak. Often, they are the people accepting extremely low paying jobs in and around our town - kitchen staff, landscapers, general manual labor, cashiers at Kmart and Marshalls (among others), etc. I wonder if you would be willing to accept the other things that would come along with eliminating a low wage, low rent population - higher costs at restaurants, for services for your home, etc. No one you "moved" could afford to commute in for those jobs - so who would replace them and where/ how would they live? Granted, these people aren't living free as you depict - they are hard workers trying to get by - and I'm sure there are people like you describe - but you're seriously overlooking a large segment of the population that lives in the area you want to eliminate. Some of the best people I've worked with have come from those areas - and struggle every day and make sacrifices we wouldn't dream of. Many of them do live in housing that is awful, but cheap, which is what they can afford - what do they do now in your Huntington "utopia"?
JSC July 21, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Andrea, I see your point about Greenlawn citizens being involved in the crimes, but if they are coming to Huntington to commit those crimes, then it really is our problem too! Why do they feel the need to come to our village? Perhaps it's because, as someone else said, the village has far too many bars compared to other areas of town? I never did a count, but I'd bet I'm right. We certainly don't hear Greenlawn shouting out for more police protection! And while crimes are committed there as well, we don't always hear about them - just like their problems in their district of Harborfields which get swept under the rug. I have several friends who teach/taught in that district, and boy, we here in Huntington might not sound so bad if they were more honest in their reporting! But that's another story...
Andrea July 21, 2011 at 02:37 PM
JSC - Exactly - this is our problem regardless of where it is coming from... And yes, there are a ton of bars within walking distance from the town center - way more than surrounding areas. It draws a lot of young people into town at night. However, our bars aren't what is attracting violence and drugs (the latter being the reason I think a lot of these problems are increasing - but no one is talking about that it seems) - rather the large groups of people converging on Huntington's bar scene is just amplifying it (more people - more potential). I do wish people would be more honest about what's happening among the youth - high school, college, etc - in the nicer areas. Everyone here is lambasting the station without acknowledging the rampant drug use throughout other areas, which is likely a huge reason for the increase in violence.
Steve Muto July 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM
You people need to stop your chicken little whining. Huntington Village is no worse now than it was twenty five years ago. This shooter followed the kid into town after an altercation at the Fireman's fair on Oakwood Road. It stinks it happened on Wall St. Actually it stinks it happened period, but it is no way an indicator that town is falling to the wolves. Some of the latest problems might be attributable to some of the low income housing, but it's not fair to throw a blanket over all of them and blame them for everything. Do you blame those people for the punks doing heroin at Cold Spring harbor?
Andrea July 21, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I don't agree with vs. 25 years ago or that the town isn't heading in a bad direction to some degree BUT you're right about not blaming certain areas for all these problems. And I'm glad you brought up the drugs in CSH... no one would talk about that - its not an area they can "go after" with the same fervor. But the cocaine and heroin problems in the high schools is a serious issue - way more so I think that an individual event we can go on and on about.
JSC July 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I don't agree with the 25 years ago comment either. Drugs are far worse,and the violence has gotten worse over the drug deals. It doesn't matter that the incident may have started at the Fair on Oakwood, it matters that the 28 year old had access to a gun and brought it into town and used it on a crowded street! Anyone could have been hit. I'm not blaming this on low income housing - housing doesn't cause illegal gun use. But people do cause illegal gun use and then they get the blame. Could have just as easily been a rich kid. The punks doing heroin at CSH probably don't have money worries, thus they don't usually get into problems with dealers and guns, I'd presume. Middle class kids who get into drugs are most likely the ones who get into trouble with the dealers and guns, as they don't always have enough money to pay for their habits. The village just happens to be the scene for confrontations.
Steve Muto July 21, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Huntington Village is slightly more ethnically varied today compared to 25 years ago. Don't be naiive, the amount of drugs then is the same as it is today. As for violence, I have a friend who was stabbed at the bowling alley that stood where today's Waldbaum's is. It seems some are assuming that a enthnically mixed town means automatically more drugs and violence. There are just as many white dirt bags loitering around town as any there are Spanish, black or whatever....
Andrea July 21, 2011 at 07:35 PM
There were nowhere near as many drugs around me when I was in HHS as there seem to be today. I'm wondering where you are getting your information that you are so sure of your facts on the amount of drugs then vs. today. Regardless of whatever inside information you have, I don't claim to know everything about the stats on drugs and violence in Huntington's history. What I do know is that I hear far more often now about violence and rampant drug abuse (vs. recreational - I don't condone either but I can distinguish the difference in effects on the community) than I did 10-15 years ago. I'm not saying Huntington has fallen apart by any means - but I can recall far more incidents in the past few years than I can in times prior to that. Insofar as ethnically diverse communities go, I think more people are referring to socioeconomic diversity rather than actual ethnic diversity - the fact that certain groups are more populous in one area vs. another is likely why people are targeting those groups as a whole. Which is very unfortunate because you're right, your ethnic background does not presuppose you to one life or another. I know of quite a few people that grew up in the "nicer" areas that live stereotypical lives of the people being disparaged on this thread (the ones in low income communities) and I know plenty of people from those neighborhoods who are wonderful, hardworking, upstanding citizens. Regardless, just because violence in Huntington has history doesn't make it OK
LadyTee July 22, 2011 at 06:54 AM
If ya wanna blame someone ..blame the justice system which only charged the shooter with assault in the first an second degree..Really this was his second attempt at shooting the same person within 2 weeks..An when he tried an shot at him again this time he grazed his head...when does attempted murder charges come in? I thought when u point a gun at someone an pull the trigger ur trying to kill them not one time but this was the second time.. so he's gonna bond out an then what ? the victim goes after the shooter before the shooter kills him for sure this time..He pointed a gun at another mans head an he's only charged with assault not attempted murder..THAT'S THE PROBLEM..consequences don't fit the crime..
Andrea July 22, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Seriously! I cannot believe that shooting someone is only a 2nd degree assault charge. Not only was this an attempt to kill someone with a deadly weapon, it was apparently the second time the shooter tried to shoot this person. How is premeditated attempted murder only getting a second degree assault charge?
LadyTee July 22, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Exactly what I'm tryin to say @Andrea...so soon the shooter will be back on the street to give it a third try..or maybe the victim doesn't want to be a victim again an will retaliate an then it will be murder either way the charges are bullshit..
Jen LaVertu July 22, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Maybe everyone should go to the hearing and tell the judge. It's all public info in anyone wanted to find it and pursue it. Get the date and get people to go and tell them the charges are b*llsh%t and go from there. Start taking matters into our own hands by working the system thats been established......
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Yes Lauren, however business owners can appeal to the police dept to take stronger action in the area. It is never a crime to speak up and be heard, especially for the sake of a community's safety.
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 02:47 AM
@Andrea... Many 21 yr olds frequent bars more regularly than you realize.
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Perhaps the safety of one's children and loved ones is more important to some than to others? If the presence of cameras would be helpful, why not consider the idea? If you don't have children or a loved one in the area to worry about, then just consider how the added safety would help in maintaining the value of your real estate. (JMHO)
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 03:07 AM
@Kim... Although you may not like his choice of words, Craig is right. He wants to keep Huntington / Huntington Station from becoming a "third choice" place to live. I'm sure you do too.
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 03:15 AM
@Logical... While I am not opposed to adding cameras to ANY community in the name of crime solving and prevention, I must agree with your point here. Adding visible police patrols throughout the community should be the first priority. There's nothing like a good old fashioned marked car..... or five, or ten........
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 03:21 AM
@JSC.... Love the tax credit idea for businesses installing & maintaining their own surveillance cameras. Hmm, Might be nice to apply that to homeowners as well.
LI-PI September 15, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Sadly, guns make their way illegally onto the streets every day, and at an alarming rate. And yes, in this case (as noted above) the punishment did NOT fit the crime. When I was pregnant with my son I lived in a rather upscale community which boasted a near zero crime rate. While seated by the front window inside a McDonalds (I know, I know, don't ask! lol) a car drove by and Bam, I was sent flying nearly 15 feet out of the booth, hit in the face by the displaced glass by a 22 caliber bullet which grazed my face as well. A "random drive-by shooting". Thugs with guns. Proof that anything can happen, even in the best of neighborhoods. Thankfully my son and I are both fine now. I was and still am a strong believer in legal gun ownership, and the right to protect and defend. However I did learn to appreciate the need for strengthening our gun laws, to make it more difficult for guns to end up in the wrong hands, and to make ALL crimes involving the use of guns felonies. @Jen LaVertu and LadyTee..... Sorry my comment here is probably a bit late in coming, but if there is still time to do so, I think you two are spot-on in saying the charges of 'assault' were bulls%*t, and the more voices present at the perp's court dates, the better! (Stand up, be heard, and get results. Or sit in the back of McDonalds away from the windows.)
Alan Kovner September 15, 2011 at 04:25 AM
David: I wish I could bring your statement here to everyones' attention. You are one of the reasons this Country has lost class and dignity. First, Nazi Germany was not Facist. Second, what do you think the "government" is going to do with a streetrecord? Third, "Idiot or Facist" (Italian)? For expressing an opinion? What word would you use for your tactic? Hmmm.....Nazi? (You can't be a Facist unless your business runs the town). And, what was the other word you used? Cut down on the caffeine. Alot. Sorry I took a while--back surgery. But, your ciomment remains unkind and unwarrented. AlanKovner '
Alan Kovner September 15, 2011 at 05:32 AM
I'm retired. There could be a "Watchmans' List. We had it in the Bronx. (In court). Never, ever will you keep guns out of the wrong hands; you cabnnot teach a lesson to someone who would shoot with little or no provocation. What you can do is get them off the street. Your Judge is an jackass. However, it will take involving many gov. employees (and that ain't easy): Police Captain, Mayor, Isreal, the bum who sold this town to Real Estate-now we have smog, the Town & Village newspapers. Gov. employees need to have someone watching them. (I'm not talking Police. They have to face the "brave" people who need a gun to make point). As many as can be persuaded, requested or shamed in to attending. The Judge elected or appointed? Elected? Easy. Appointed? By whom? Why? So they know, do nothing, or be incompetant (which is the word I'd use for the judge), and many will be knocking, and telling many others.First, a meeting & a place. A little organization. Leave message here. I have had serious back surgery but usually I can make a meeting--or a court date. Don't be discouraged, you would be amazed at how vulnerable they are. And, usually don't think they are. That's their weakness . Oh, 50 signatures good, 100 better. AlanKovner,H.S. 8 ' And a hundred (or more) signatures. That will stir-up the cauldron. You don't a lot
michelle September 15, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Wow, you're an angry guy. Perhaps it was all the time you spent in "Nazi Germany"
REG INDEP October 08, 2011 at 03:26 PM
what do you have to fear fear sounds like your hiding something more cameras to catch the criminals most law abiding citizens agree with it

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