An 11-year-old boy is in serious condition after a gunman shot him in the face. The boy, Jeffrey Langhorne, who was home from school, had been sitting in his North Bellport home's kitchen at 1:30 p.m. when the gunman fired.
Suffolk County police detective Daniel Molloy explained, "He was shot from the outside, the bullet went through the wall and struck the child that was in the house." The gunman used a semiautomatic weapon and fired on the house three times. Police do not think the boy was the intended target.
Just eight months ago, a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot when "coming home from an anti-violence event" in North Bellport. The executive director of an anti-gang violence group told Newsday, "This shooting confirms that this community has been neglected to the point that where this stuff is happening and it's going to take a lot more effort to try to get people to stop engaging in this violent behavior."