Two people were sent to the emergency room at Peconic Bay Medical Center early Sunday morning after what Riverhead Town Police describe as a targeted shooting attack on East Avenue.
Police said they responded to several complaints of a large party being held at 208 East Avenue shortly after midnight on July 29. When officers began dispersing a large group of teenagers, they heard shots ring out. Two Hispanic males with apparent gunshot wounds were found a short time later in the First Street parking lot, just south of the home where the party was held, according to police.
Police said witnesses in the area of the shooting reported several African American males being “involved in the shooting” and “observed running from the area.”
The two shooting victims were treated at the scene and subsequently transported by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center where they underwent surgery as a result of their injuries, police said. The victims, who are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, appear to have been targeted and the incident was not believed to be a random act, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information is asked to contact Riverhead Police Detectives at 631-727-4500, ext. 332. All calls will remain confidential.