Cops trying to determine how teen was wounded in East Moriches

An unidentified man is transported over to a

An unidentified man is transported over to a medivac helicopter at Spadaro Airport in East Moriches after he was shot by a man around 2:55 p.m. near a beach behind a home. (Dec. 18, 2012) (Credit: James Carbone)

Suffolk County police are trying to determine how a 17-year-old boy who reported himself shot in a robbery Tuesday in East Moriches was really injured.

Police said the boy was found with a chest wound at about 3 p.m. at Inlet View Path and airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. He remained hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition, Suffolk County police said.

The wounded boy called 911 to report he had been shot during a robbery, police said, but in a statement Wednesday police said it is not clear what happened.

"After a thorough investigation, the case has been determined to be noncriminal," the statement said. "We are not looking for a suspect, and we do not believe there was a robbery involved. The exact nature of how the victim received the wound is under investigation by the Seventh Squad detectives."

With John Valenti and Ellen Yan

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