Shots fired at man in a Heckscher Park maintenance cart caused the lockdown of Huntington schools, city buildings, cops say
Shots were fired from a vehicle Monday morning at a man sitting in a town-owned maintenance cart in a popular park in the village of Huntington, prompting the immediate closure of all schools in the district and several buildings in the town, Suffolk Police said.
There were no injuries or arrests reported. The blockades were lifted shortly after noon on Monday.
Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Squad said they were investigating the incident, which happened around 9:30 a.m.
A police spokeswoman said a 22-year-old man was in the cart at the time of the shooting. Detectives believe it was a targeted shooting, as opposed to a random event, she added.
It was not immediately clear whether the target was a city employee or a contractor, authorities said. A spokeswoman for the village said the victim was not a town employee.
“Detectives believe the shooting was targeted and not a random incident,” the spokeswoman said.
The gunman was in a vehicle and fled, police said.
Huntington Town board member Gene Cook said in an interview with Newsday that there were many details unknown about the shooting in broad daylight.
“The police are still investigating and once that is done we will see what we can do and what really happened,” Cook said. “But at the moment it seems everyone is safe, no one has been hurt. I don’t know if this was an assault on someone’s life or if it was fair. someone who was angry and pulled a golf cart. “
School district superintendent Jim Polansky sent a recorded message to parents on Monday morning urging parents and students not to come to school.
“Police are currently pursuing,” Polansky said. “As a precaution, all schools in Huntington will be locked out, meaning there will be no entry or exit to schools until the SCPD clears it. not show up at schools. Further information will be shared upon receipt. “
The neighborhood lifted the lockdown around noon. Minutes later, lockdowns on Huntington Town Hall, Village Green and the Park Avenue Seniors Center were lifted.
Earlier, a spokeswoman for Huntington’s supervisor, Chad Lupinacci, said in an email that the buildings had been temporarily closed out of “excess of caution.”
“City employees are still working and city services are still accessible online and by phone,” the spokesperson said. “Our Public Safety Department is on hand to keep the area clear for the Suffolk County Police Department to investigate.”
Huntington Town Clerk Andy Raia said he was on his way to Town Hall when he received an email at 9:55 am stating that “Town Hall and the Elderly Center have been locked out for caution due to a possible shooting at Heckscher Park. , at the moment, it looks like no one has been hurt. “
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