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Jan 27, 2013 11:10 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Services Announced For Flanders Man Killed On Sunday

Jan 29, 2013 10:20 AM

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Tuesday:

A viewing for Mr. Hampton will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, at the Galilee Church of God in Christ at 87 Old Quogue Road in Riverside, according to Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton Village, which is handling the arrangements.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the church, followed by burial at Southampton Cemetery.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Sunday:

A Priscilla Avenue resident who lives near the house where the fatal shooting took place said Sunday afternoon that he was woken by a disturbance that morning.

“At like 2 o’clock in the morning, a lot of people were talking and running down the street,” said Isai Cordero at his home, just a few doors down from the crime scene, which was still cordoned off as investigators collected evidence inside. He said he heard screaming and saw three men running “here and there.”

He added that a lot of people go to that house, but that the early morning episode was unusual. He said he did not hear the shooting.

He said he did not know the victim or many of his neighbors.

A woman who also lives on Priscilla Avenue, but who declined to give her name, said the shooting made her nervous.
“People have been breaking into people’s houses around here, but this is serious,” she said, adding, standing in her doorway on Sunday afternoon, catching glances toward the command post. She, too, said she did not know the victim or the residents of the home.

A young woman walking along nearby Riverside Avenue—who also declined to give her name—said had gone to Riverhead High School with the victim, Demitri Hampton.

“He was like the class clown,” she said. “He was a good guy.”

Noel Diaz, a Priscilla Avenue resident, said he was sleeping at the time of the shooting and did not hear it.

“It’s weird. I’m surprised,” he said. “Nothing like this has happened here.”

UPDATE 12:28 p.m. Sunday:

Two assailants attempted to break down the door to the Priscilla Avenue residence early Sunday and apparently shot the victim when he came to investigate, according to Lieutenant Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Suffolk County Homicide Squad.

Lt. Fitzpatrick, who had been at the scene on Sunday morning, wouldn’t discuss a possible motive. He said there were several people inside the house—he would not say how many, or if all the occupants lived there—and they were awakened “by the sound of a door being broken down ... A scuffle with two assailants led to the shooting of the victim.” An occupant of the house called 911, and when police arrived, Demitri Hampton, 21, was found lying just inside the front door of the residence, with a gunshot wound to the chest.

After the shooting, the two men fled the scene, though police would not say if it was in a car or on foot.

Lt. Fitzpatrick would not say how many shots were fired, what type of weapon was used, or whether the gun was recovered at the scene. A unit from the Suffolk County Police Identification Section was at the scene on Sunday morning collecting evidence.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Flanders man was killed early Sunday morning by armed men who broke into his home and shot him, Suffolk County Police said.

Demitri Hampton, 21, was found in his Priscilla Avenue home with a gunshot wound to his chest by Southampton Town Police responding to a 911 call reporting that armed men had broken into the house and shot a man. He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead.

The crime occurred about 3:15 a.m.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information on this case to call the Homicide Squad at (631) 852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Calls will be kept confidential.

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Whoa!
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 27, 13 12:34 PM
That's a pretty strong argument supporting the legal ownership and possession of a defensive firearm in one's home. Either that or sub-let a room to a police officer.
By scottso (16), southampton on Jan 27, 13 2:52 PM
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Once again, an example of someone who called 911 but did not receive the protection he needed in time. It's logistics. Police are rarely around when you need them, not their fault in that these bad situations happen quickly. We must be able to protect ourselves from people who have deadly intent. I wouldn't like my chances taking on two armed guys if I only have 7 rounds. But I'm sure the progressives will be along shortly to calm my nerves and explain how we are safer without legally owned ...more
Jan 27, 13 3:23 PM appended by dnice
RIP Mr. Hampton.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 13 3:23 PM
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You forgot to mention the two law breaking guys coming through the door have may well have illegal firearms and possibly illegal magazines so that's our legal 7 rounds vs their potenionally illegal 60 rounds collectively. But the law is on our side and the wall is on our back. Where to go from there? 6' down or out of the window and run like hell from our own home? Or hide until the first police officers arrive.
By scottso (16), southampton on Jan 27, 13 4:06 PM
I think the police make to much money and the benefits are way out of whack. But for the most part they are very quick to a scene and do a decent job. My question is how would the cops have stopped this? Do you really think this was a random crime? One of the residents said there was always alot of coming and going from the residence. Put two and two together and you will figure out what happened at this house. There is rarely any random gun crime and I doubt this was random.
By chief1 (2549), southampton on Jan 27, 13 7:15 PM
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That is my point Chief. We cannot rely on the police to respond fast enough. We need to be able to protect ourselves until they arrive. The police simply cannot be everywhere all the time and the violence is getting worse and more brazen. Criminals just don't care or play by any rules.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 13 7:26 PM
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Cops make so much money but when everyone else is running the other way this is what they are running into and responding to. Would you respond to a call of men with guns for what they make 120K and possibly die trying to save someones life you dont even know. STOP WITH THE COP
By semperfi9263 (23), quogue on Jan 28, 13 1:32 PM
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Cops make so much money but when everyone else is running the other way this is what they are running into and responding to. Would you respond to a call of men with guns for what they make 120K and possibly die trying to save someones life you dont even know. I think cops make what they deserve maybe not enough. and what does that have anything to do with the crime that a 21 year old kid life was cut short very short. if cops make so much money and have it so easy why didnt you take the test ...more
By semperfi9263 (23), quogue on Jan 28, 13 1:36 PM
Is that all you can come up with? By the way the average cop costs the town almost 150k a year with benefits for 195 days of work a year. First off I don't have the personality to be a cop I don't like writing parking tickets and speeding tickets in speed traps. The other issue is I'm not a minority, woman or have a relative in Southampton Govt which describes most of the employees there. By the way there are usually 10 to 20k applicants waiting to become a cop in Suffolk County. So if you don't ...more
By chief1 (2549), southampton on Jan 28, 13 2:15 PM
Melodrama much?
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 13 9:07 PM
Does this story indicate that this was merely a random attack? No way...

“At like 2 o’clock in the morning, a lot of people were talking and running down the street,” said Isai Cordero at his home, just a few doors down from the crime scene, which was still cordoned off as investigators collected evidence inside. He said he heard screaming and saw three men running “here and there.”.

Now, if all the occupants and al the neighbors had guns, think this ...more
By Bodoc (4), Montauk on Jan 27, 13 5:54 PM
I fail to see your logic. When has an armed neighborhood ever gone full OK Corral?

If the departed were armed, and we have to wait to hear the whole story, I would have given him much better odds to be alive. Perhaps he was armed and just didn't have time, maybe he couldn't own a gun, who knows. This hits real close to home though.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 13 6:16 PM
Illegal firearms trumps us gun law bidding citizens. Soon there will be them, the gang bangers with guns vs. the roll-over and take "more" control over me legal gun owners. Everyone stand up and tell the liberals (who also have guns, but refuse to tell us, or better yet security with guns) to equal the playing field and layoff your body guards, security and others armed to protect them, and then maybe, maybe they'll see our point.....nahhhhh, never happen......
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Jan 27, 13 6:27 PM
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Granted the judgment shown by the driving public wielding technology not designed to be lethal, I'm not optimistic about how they'd do while armed with massive firepower designed to kill.

Lethal force is not error tolerant -- see how many folks are mistakenly killed.

By the way, it's not "Liberals" advocating for the withdrawal of the economic safety net for poor while making sure that underclass has unfettered, legal access to massive killing power.


By Thinkhampton (3), Montauk on Jan 27, 13 9:09 PM
Show me real numbers on many many people are mistakenly killed in instances such as this. Trick question because I know you can't.

So we should continue to provide the net solely because we are afraid that they might go postal? That wins the prize for most ridiculous post of the day. Kind of ironic considering your user name.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 13 9:28 PM
This country isn't capable of stopping illegal drugs, or illegal immigrants. Some how they think licensing every gun will make criminals register their guns? We all know this was no random act ofcrime it was some kind of illegal behavior gone bad. The only people that gun licenses effect are the law abiding ones.
By chief1 (2549), southampton on Jan 28, 13 12:08 AM
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Where does it say that anyone is not allowed to have a firearm? Why do people think that they are not allowed? We had to start somewhere with drunk driving, and in 20 years we've gone from 7% fatalities, down below 4% for the strict laws put into place. It would be very hard to take down three men who break down your door when you're not expecting it, you wouldn't have much time to get your weapon, unless of course you walk around with it attached to you at 2am.
By just breath (82), yuck on Jan 28, 13 2:20 PM
Well once again I see this as nothing but a forum to spew comments about illegal this illegal that, gun laws etc. not a young man losing his life. Makes me sick .
RIP Demitri. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this hard time. Another young man gone too soon.
By MD (21), Southampton on Jan 28, 13 3:33 PM
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Spare me the moral high ground. Current events might have something to do with the responses. IF you don't like the forum, don't visit it.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 13 9:06 PM
And as you said above, dnice, "RIP Mr. Hampton" similar to MD.

"Can't we all just get along here?"
By PBR (4880), Southampton on Jan 28, 13 9:15 PM
Yeah PBR, you are probably right. I tend to fight fire with fire and it isn't always the best choice. Apologies MD.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 13 9:32 PM
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First off if he had time to confront them at the front door he had time to retrieve a weapon of self defense anyone who owns a gun knows this those of you who don't, ridicule. second the " laws" being passed don't deter crime that's why we call certain people criminals to make comments about if everyone had a gun there would be a blood bath, that's defiantly not from a gun owner we don't run down the block shooting people we think did wrong.the last three incidents of gun violence were committed ...more
By Patriot1776 (3), Manorville on Jan 29, 13 7:08 AM
Not true that he had an opportunity to get a weapon, he may have been groggy with sleep. If someone was breaking down my door at 2am, startling me out of a deep sleep, I am not sure I would be awake and clear headed fast enough to grab a gun and make a plan as they do on TV and in the movies, even though I have several and know how to use them. I base that on being rolled out of bed years ago by what turned out to be a cop pounding on my front door. God forbid I had greeted him with a gun. In my ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 29, 13 11:32 PM
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Goldenrod. I would never answer my door at 2 am without first looking out the window.
You see that way you can choose to either answer the door or protect yourself. If someone banging on your door at 2 am does not instantly heighten your awareness then you may have a Darwin moment.
By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 30, 13 6:59 PM
Before being so sure that you would react as you hope, I suggest you read the story "Your Brain Under Fire" that appeared in Time Magazine's Jan 28th issue which featured a special report on Guns in America. It's thought provoking. It explains why people do not react in expected ways when adrenaline is pumping, even highly trained police officers.

In a describing a particualr police officer's response to being confronted by a gun it says," In moments of extreme stress, the brain does not ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 31, 13 2:38 PM
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Enjoy your propaganda.
My bet is you would do the same thing more times than not.
I judge nobody. I do however have a sore spot for propaganda.
Rest In Peace young man.
By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 31, 13 6:53 PM
Dnice. First off I will visit any forum I want. Second of all I'm up on current events. But thank u for your suggestions. As stated before a young man lost his life way to soon. I hope that he RIP. his friends and family are grieving right now. Lets give them some respect.
By MD (21), Southampton on Jan 29, 13 7:29 AM
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MD, my bad. Wasn't trying to disrespect this young man. I get easily heated over these subjects.
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 29, 13 1:09 PM
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Was the murder by a licensed gun owner? Doubtful. How about the 1.2 million babies you liberals like kill via abortion every year? Too bad the victim didn't have a gun so he could of answered it with a 9mm between the intruders eyes.
By chief1 (2549), southampton on Jan 29, 13 7:17 PM
I'm not sure why people chose this story to use in the debate for or against gun control. At the end of the day a young man lost his life. Not one of you has offered condolences to his family. He was someones son, brother, and friend. What would you all say if he were your kin?
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jan 30, 13 9:43 AM
'facepalm'
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Jan 30, 13 8:31 PM
"The act of placing one’s face in one’s hands, or “facepalming” is a gesture of nonverbal-communication common among many cultures. The action conveys a message of dismay and is often a reaction toward someone’s momentary lapse of logic, judgement, or memory."

Shameful self-indulgence IMO, phil, just shameful . . .

Rest in Peace, Mr. Hampton.
By PBR (4880), Southampton on Jan 30, 13 9:22 PM
At times like this, . . .

Forbearance . . .
By PBR (4880), Southampton on Jan 30, 13 9:25 PM
Decorum simply does not permit this.

Let it go.
By Mr. Z (10649), North Sea on Jan 30, 13 9:39 PM
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You do realize that no gun law or no gun restriction would have stopped this, correct?
By But I'm a blank! (1278), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 13 10:29 AM
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By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 1, 13 7:27 PM
Um not for nothing, whose to say the house that was entered wasn't entered for a reason... Drugs ect. It's Priscilla avenue....
By SHTownHB (74), Hampton Bays on Feb 3, 13 3:40 PM
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Does it really matters where this incident took place. Demitri was a good person and cared about his community,his family and his friends. He never harmed anyone. He just wanted to live that so called "AMERICAN DREAM"......
By tulip (8), calverton on Feb 6, 13 4:45 PM
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The way to protect yourself is by staying away from the drugs and the people who do the drugs etc. duh!
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 6, 13 5:18 PM
I want to live in summertimes world.....stay away from drugs and people who do them and we will all be safe, hey we don't need police anymore. Lady hope you live a long life believing that.
By Patriot1776 (3), Manorville on Feb 6, 13 8:07 PM
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