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Jan 25, 2016 6:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Southampton Village Shooting Not 'Just A Random Event,' Police Chief Says

Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings briefs the Village Board on Monday night's shooting. ALYSSA MELILLO
Jan 27, 2016 10:36 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:55 p.m.

According to Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings, Monday evening's shooting was the result of an "ongoing dispute" between the people involved.

"We have a pretty good idea of what happened. This wasn't just a random event," he said during a Southampton Village Board meeting Tuesday evening, as he briefed the Village Board about the shooting.

Chief Cummings also said that Officer Michael Sinclair-Crotti was out in the field and heard the gun fires go off. "He actually passed [the vehicle the shots came from], he didn't realize," the chief said.

Chief Cummings added that he appreciated the help from the state and town police departments, which have been assisting with the ongoing investigation. And as for the cancelled Southampton High School basketball games against Center Moriches, he said "that was more not to have a large group of people getting together."

Village Mayor Mark Epley commended the chief, as well as the police department, for their quick response to the shooting scene on Hillcrest Avenue. "You made people feel safer with the situation," Mr. Epley said.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 4:40 p.m.

Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said that the department has a description of the vehicle involved in Monday's drive-by shooting, as well as descriptions of multiple suspects, but that he was not at liberty to release the information, as it could compromise the investigation.

"We're still looking at suspects," Det. Sgt. Lamison said. "There are multiple suspects at this point."

He added that it is "a shame" that the Southampton School District connected Monday's shooting to the Center Moriches basketball teams, as there is no correlation. All Southampton boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball games against Center Moriches Tuesday evening were canceled as a precautionary measure because when Center Moriches played at Southampton in December, an incident occurred after a game, Athletic Director Darren Phillips said earlier on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Tuesday, noon

No arrests have been made in Monday evening’s drive-by shooting in Southampton Village, but one of three victims remains in critical condition.

According to a press release from Southampton Village Police, the department received multiple calls of shots fired at about 5:56 p.m. in the area near Hillcrest Avenue. When police arrived on the scene, three males were reported to have been injured by several shots fired from a shotgun that were “discharged from a vehicle into a crowd of people that were standing in the roadway,” the release said.

The three victims were taken to Southampton Hospital in private vehicles. One remained in the Intensive Care Unit, another was still being treated for his injuries, and the third was discharged, according to the release.

Police Chief Thomas Cummings said that no arrests have been made. The release asks that anyone with information about the shooting call the Village Police Department at (631) 283-0056. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

Additionally, all Southampton High School boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball games against Center Moriches High School Tuesday evening were canceled as a precautionary measure in light of Monday evening’s shooting in the village.

According to Darren Phillips, the athletic director at Southampton, the games have been postponed until further notice.

“When Center Moriches played here back in December, there was an incident after the game,” Mr. Phillips said. “We just felt like for right now, for safety, we’d postpone [them] until we find out more.”

UPDATE: 7:25 p.m.

Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings says two men are hospitalized with “what appear to be non-life-threatening wounds” after a shooting on Hillcrest Avenue just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Police were searching for shooters after the incident. The chief noted that it is an active investigation, and updates would not be provided again till morning.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Southampton Village Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that took place in the village and sent two people to the hospital with unknown injuries.

According to village officials, two people were injured during a shooting on Hillcrest Terrace early Monday evening. Police are currently searching for the shooters, and that status of the two victims is currently unknown.

More information was not immediately available.

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By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Jan 25, 16 7:20 PM
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By C Law (346), Water Mill on Jan 25, 16 7:26 PM
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By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Jan 25, 16 9:23 PM
This is why at 62 years old I have signed up to go get my pistol permit
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jan 26, 16 10:27 AM
please spare us from your vigilante fantasy
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (699), southampton on Jan 26, 16 1:18 PM
Right, cuz hoods and thugs wanna do a drive-by on your house. Gimme a break.
By johnj (1004), Westhampton on Jan 26, 16 1:26 PM
"Hoods" and "thugs"?

You're a racist.
By ChrisDiPetta (37), on Jan 26, 16 3:04 PM
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By johnj (1004), Westhampton on Jan 26, 16 4:28 PM
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By CaptainSig (711), Dutch Harbor on Jan 27, 16 7:38 AM
Because it's a personal, local gripe that resulted in a drive by/ shotgun attempted murder, you think there's no cause for alarm?
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jan 27, 16 7:39 PM
Some people shot. No worries. No need for descriptions or names of suspects. Men up and vanished like a fart in the wind, it seems.
By Lets go mets (366), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 10:52 AM
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There won't be any descriptions. It would not be politically correct.
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jan 26, 16 1:59 PM
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Lively time on the Hill. C MO hoopsters involved? HMMMMM kinda cold and snowy to be hangin in the street don'tcha think?
By bigfresh (4442), north sea on Jan 26, 16 1:57 PM
Lovely. Just like on TV. The sparkling and precious flower of American youth.
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jan 26, 16 1:58 PM
No names, no descriptions,no real information. Description of the suspects? How about the vehicle? Nope and we know why but don't worry, everything is fine, just keep watching the Kartrshians and stuffing your faces.
By Preliator Lives (410), Obamavillie on Jan 26, 16 1:59 PM
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By Babyboo (278), Hampton Bays on Jan 26, 16 6:10 PM
I can't find any Kartrshians . . .where do they hang?
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Jan 26, 16 7:00 PM
No description of the vehicle involved? No names of victims released? This information will help the police in finding the perps. Well not the PC police actually.
By bigfresh (4442), north sea on Jan 26, 16 7:43 PM
No worries. Keep an eye out for the nondesript subjects. We're sure to get these phantoms.
By Lets go mets (366), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 8:46 PM
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The chief is asleep at the wheel.
By chief1 (2739), southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:15 AM
Seems to me we have the right as Americans to defend myself sorry if you don't like that
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jan 27, 16 2:48 PM
So is it your point that the person doing the drive by was defending themselves?
By bird (793), Sag Harbor on Jan 27, 16 3:05 PM
...no names, pics or descriptions tells us who the perps aren't
By loading... (563), quiogue on Jan 27, 16 3:39 PM
None of the local press will describe the victims or assailants. Tell me there's nothing wrong with that picture. Is the SH Press afraid that the criminals will sue them?
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jan 27, 16 7:42 PM
It is stated in the story that police will not release details about the victims and suspects.
By amelillo (5), Holtsville on Jan 28, 16 9:38 AM
Why do you think the local press knows anything beyond what the police say? The truth comes out in court. This isn't a TV show.
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Jan 27, 16 10:25 PM
The village cops are ticket writers. The cost of the police is a large part of the village budget, and becoming out of control.
We now have a shooting, and we find the state police are the lead investigators. Why do we need a 200k chief when he oversees a bunch of paper hangers.
By chief1 (2739), southampton on Jan 28, 16 7:32 AM
I agree chief, I don't think they'll ever solve this one. These baddies will probably be out there lurking and doing drive by's for the rest of our lives.
What a sad state of affairs
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (699), southampton on Jan 28, 16 7:49 AM
It's very sad that the Hill is going back to this state. Many sacrifice literally their lives and time revitalizing this community years ago from having a " bad" rep and to see the Hill gradually going in the wrong direction is quite disturbing. This use to be a unique community of great hard working families who looked out for each other a true example of " Community" (common unity) which many in the Village of SOUTHAMPTON have no clue how precious and special that is/was. There are still a few ...more
By GOTGOD (14), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 9:46 AM
If the Troopers are involved it means that someone from the Rez is involved. There has been bad blood between the Hill and d Rez for years
By bigfresh (4442), north sea on Jan 28, 16 6:47 PM
Red lives matter
By 27dan (2734), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 29, 16 12:59 AM
Real bright, a bunch of anonymous comment thugs.
By adczeta (78), southampton on Jan 29, 16 1:25 AM
Revenge and retaliation is sure to follow. It invariably escalates before it gets better. I'm sure that the State Police are all over this one
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jan 29, 16 12:37 PM
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