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Patchogue Man Killed, Three Injured in Christmas Day Shooting

LongIsland.com

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a Patchogue man early Christmas morning.

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Police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a Patchogue man early Christmas morning at an auto repair and restoration shop in Medford.

According to police, masked men entered Whitestar MTR, located at 33B Cedarhurst Avenue, demanded money and shot four people at 3:30 a.m.

Three of the victims sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds and were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue.

The fourth victim, Taleik Bristel, 19, of 21 Valley Road, Patchogue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims were "all social acquaintances," Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Homicide Squad told Newsday, adding "they were not business associates, they were friends."

Two men were shot in the back, and a woman was shot in the abdomen, Fitzpatrick said. He declined to discuss Bristel's injuries.

Bristel's aunt, Martha Davenport, 38, of Patchogue, was at the scene. "He was just hanging out with his friends, somebody came to rob the place and they shot him first and killed him. He was hanging out with his friends on Christmas Eve . . . he was supposed to go to the spa this morning with his mother . . . instead of celebrating Christmas we have to make arrangements for my nephew," she said.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday evening. "The investigation is early and all options are open," Fitzpatrick said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

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[Sources: Suffolk Police, Newsday]