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Oct 3, 2014 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Man Arraigned On Felony Charge After Springs Shooting Incident

Oct 6, 2014 9:30 AM

UPDATE: Sunday, 6 P.M.

Mr. Shoshi was arraigned on Saturday afternoon at East Hampton Town Justice Court and charged with felony reckless endangerment; assault, a misdemeanor; illegal discharge of a weapon, a misdemeanor; and possession of a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor.

UPDATE: 3:09 P.M.

East Hampton Town Police have identified the suspect as Valon Shoshi, 28, of Springs, according to Captain Chris Anderson.

He is now in custody and the investigation is ongoing, said Capt. Anderson in a phone interview. No criminal charges have been filed as of now, he said.

"It was a collaborative effort and based on the inter-jurisdictional cooperation, we were able to bring the case to a successful conclusion without injuries to anybody in the public or any officer involved," Capt. Anderson said. "It's a testament to the hard work our men and women put forth on a daily basis."

Mr. Shoshi is the former assistant chief of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Department, and former East Hampton School District paraprofessional. While in the ambulance, Mr. Shoshi was an EMT specializing in critical care (EMT-CC).

"He was an amazing, caring, giving human-being," said former village ambulance chief Mary Ellen McGuire in a phone interview. "He was assistant chief when I was chief and you know, I have no idea what happened. I know he was a caring, intelligent person. I'm blown away. It's really tragic."

Ms. McGuire said she did not know Mr. Shoshi to have a history of mental illness or anger, and always thought highly of him.

"If something went wrong, you went to Valon," she said. "You wanted him next to you."

UPDATE: 2:23 P.M.

Town police said they responded to a shooting at 85 Gardiner Avenue, which prompted their pursuit of the gunman earlier this morning, according to a press release issued by the department.

Upon arrival, the suspect had fled the scene, according to police, and a multi-jurisdiction search was conducted, including officers from the village, town, the East End Town Wide Emergency Services Unit, and the Suffolk County Police Department.

The shooting victim suffered minor injuries and was transported to Southampton Hospital for treatment. The shooter's identity has not yet been confirmed, however village police said the suspect is also being investigated by town police for a previous incident.

UPDATE: 1:44 P.M.

Springs School, East Hampton School District, and Wainscott School are no longer in lockout mode and classes will resume as usual.

UPDATE: 12:41 P.M.

East Hampton Police took the man into custody. He was cornered on Springs Fireplace Road in front of the One Stop Market.

UPDATE: 12:20 P.M.

Some local school administrators said that they were aware of the situation and were discussing safety measures. According to Springs School administrators, the school was in lock-down. Wainscott School was not letting anyone in or out of the school and East Hampton School District was in lockout mode and was not letting anyone in or out of the school buildings.


East Hampton Town police are pursuing a man in a black Cadillac, who is said to be armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. According to police scanner chatter, the man discharged the weapon in his home and then fled with the shotgun. Police said the suspect is believed to be suicidal and was headed toward East Hampton Village.

East Hampton Police have set up a command post just outside the village and New York State Police have dispatched two K-9 officers to the scene. Several roads in the area have been closed and traffic is being diverted.

This is a developing story.

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Not a lot of information so far.

> "Some local school administrators said that they are aware of the situation and they are discussing safety measures."

Would have thought that safety measures in such an "active shooter" scenario would have been discussed long ago,and incrementally activated at this point.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Oct 3, 14 12:26 PM
I'm sure "active shooter" scenario's have been well planed out between all schools and Police Dept's by now. In fact, I seen on more than 5 occasions, the combined East Hampton Town P.D., East Hampton Village P.D. and Sag Harbor P.D. emergency response team use the old Stella Maris School to practice different types of scenario's. For the school, police Dept or the press. to comment on what action they took at this time regarding this situation would not very smart. The "shooter" could also read ...more
By EH123 (22), East Hampton on Oct 3, 14 12:55 PM
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Anyone remember when this kind of **** hardly ever happened?
By Mr. Z (11659), North Sea on Oct 3, 14 1:41 PM
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This sort of thing has always happened, it just didn't get as much press. About 35 years ago some guy in Hampton Bays shotgunned his ex-wife. Judge released him of $2,500 bail when he claimed it happened as a result of flashbacks from Vietnam. A few years later one SCPD cop shot another in the back of a patrol car after partying on St. Paddy's day and getting into an argument. No, this sort of thing is very minor, and the incident that started it, while stupid, was not illegal.
By Funbeer (271), Southampton on Oct 5, 14 4:03 PM
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Yes, it was before serial bloggers who incessently blog about every single topic (even if they know nothing about it) drove people insane.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 3, 14 2:59 PM
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well, hardly ever happened on ELI
By smacw (240), New York on Oct 3, 14 3:17 PM
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One murder on Shelter Island in about 300 years.

It would be interesting if someone researched, and tallied our statistics.
By Mr. Z (11659), North Sea on Oct 3, 14 10:57 PM
I don't know him at all, but check out his FaceBook page. He was in front of the White House yesterday? ..
By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Oct 3, 14 6:00 PM
There is no law against firing a shotgun at your own TV set - stupid, yes, but illegal, no. That someone got hurt by flying glass is another matter. Running from the police was also stupid. He's an EMT, he should have called for help, stayed put and done what he could for the injured person, and explained what happened. Instead, it sounds like he panicked and fled.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Oct 4, 14 9:34 AM
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By LocalNotNative (5), Sag harbor on Oct 4, 14 5:55 PM
At least it's reassuring that our local police have the capability of handling incidents of this nature.

They are not militarized, just equally matched and well prepared to deal with the kind of maniacs who show up at Batman premieres and take aim at innocent movie goers. Not saying that this arrest was anything like that whatsoever,but stuff like this happens completely out of the blue and without any warning.

Dealing with the occasional town drunk and giving out traffic violations ...more
By Harbor Master (113), Sag Harbor on Oct 8, 14 8:23 PM
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By saggguy (20), SAGAPONACK on Oct 9, 14 5:50 PM
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