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January 30, 2013

Man Killed In Flanders Shooting


A 21-year-old Flanders resident was shot and killed in his home early Sunday morning, according to Suffolk Police.

Police say Dimitri Hampton suffered a gunshot wound to his chest after an altercation with at least two men at his 200 Priscilla Avenue home at around 3:15 AM.

"We believe at least two armed men broke into the house, there was a struggle, and the victim was shot," said Detective Lieutenant Jack Fitzpatrick, from the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad.

Southampton Town Police were also called to the residence after a 911 caller reported that armed men broke into the home and shot a man.

According to Fitzpatrick there were "several" other people residing in the house when police arrived, though he would not say an exact number. He would also not give any motive for the shooting.

"This appears to be a totally random crime," said Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. "It doesn't appear to be gang or drug related. There's no understanding for how or why this happened."

Hampton, a 2010 graduate of Riverhead High School, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he was pronounced dead.

"It's a tragedy," the supervisor said. "And from what I understand he was not involved in any troublesome activity."

This is not the first time the area where the shooting occurred has experienced troubles with crime.

"That neighborhood has its share or woes," said Throne-Holst. "Crime and code enforcement violations are not new to the area. That's why we increased our budget with additional funds for a CRU [Community Response] unit in the area."

Anyone with any information can contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Emily@indyeastend.com

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