Shootings in Suffolk's Third Precinct lead to increased patrols
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Several shootings in the Suffolk police's Third Precinct over the Memorial Day holiday prompted a ramping up of patrols, sources said.
Police said they made one arrest and are still searching for suspects in the shootings, one of which ended with the death of a Central Islip man.
Kyle Rowlinson, 24, of 107 Yuma Lane S. in East Islip, is charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment after police said he opened fire late Monday night on an East Islip house before shooting and hitting a car early Tuesday in Islip Terrace.
Rowlinson was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held on $10,000 bail, or $20,000 bond, officials said.
At about the same time, houses on Provost Street in Great River and Cedarhurst Street in North Great River were also struck by gunfire, police said. Both shootings occured hours after a Central Islip man was shot to death after he asked a dozen party crashers to leave a barbecue.
Police have not announced an arrest in the killing of Nathaniel "Shaun" Winfield,31.
The occurrence of three shootings within a few hours of each other within the Third Precinct, spurred Suffolk police brass to bring in a "strike team" plan -- bringing in additional patrol cars from other precincts, sources said. The team is comprised of six officers with three patrol cars from all precincts to help patrol the area, sources said.
"They did flood the area," confirmed Suffolk police Det. Lt. Darrel Simmons who added the team is mobilized when "you have a gunman on the loose . . . especially something with this magnitude."
Each precinct has about 23 patrol cars on the street during a given tour, sources said. On Memorial Day and into Tuesday, the number was nearly doubled that in the Third Precinct with about 41, the source said.
"When they start shooting, they are sending messages," said one source. "But for every one person they hit, there are 10 they miss."
Simmons of the Third Squad said police are still looking for "other individuals" in the shootings on Provost Street and Cedarhurst Street.
Simmons said the investigation is leading them to suspect Rowlinson targeted the home on Keswick and the car on Manhasset Street in Islip Terrace. He said the shootings are not gang related. According to court documents, shots were fired at about 11:45 p.m. into the occupied home on Keswick Drive. At about 12:47 a.m. Tuesday, shots were fired at a car parked in the driveway of an occupied home on Manhasset Street.
"At this point, the first two are related," he said. "Now, we're trying to find out how these other two are tied together."
Anyone with information can call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.