A Memorial Day barbecue in Central Islip turned deadly when a 31-year-old man was shot to death after asking more than a dozen party crashers to leave a home on Rosewood Street, police said.
Nathaniel "Shaun" Winfield, 31, of Central Islip was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore after he was shot Monday night during a fight outside the house with members of the uninvited group.
The holiday shooting occurred in a hamlet familiar with Memorial Day violence. Last year, three men were shot and killed in less than two days over the three-day weekend. Police have not announced arrests in those or Monday's shootings.
Wanda Mills, 51, the host of the gathering, said at about 9:30 p.m. she asked her 20-year-old daughter to ask everyone to leave, including the group that was there uninvited.
The daughter, who did not want to be identified, said she did as her mother asked, but the uninvited group of about 12 to 14 had shown up at the house and were refusing to leave and instead tried to fight her, Mills said.
That's when, she said, Winfield intervened and got into a scuffle with the suspect and was shot.
Winfield, who friends say worked at UPS, left behind a wife and five children.
Outside the Ash Street home where Winfield's wife, Twana, lives, friends gathered to comfort her Tuesday.
"I'm trying to stay stable and be calm," said Winfield, 36, to friends as they hugged her and gave their condolences.
Mills said members of the group who were asked to leave made it clear they were in a gang. "They said they were Crip," Mills said. "They were young kids . . . they made it known they were from Wyandanch."
Suffolk police said they don't believe the shooting was gang-related.
"I don't know who they were," Mills said outside her home Tuesday.
She described Winfield as "a really nice guy. He wasn't rowdy. He was just telling the guys to leave and get out of the yard."
Police said the investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.
All calls will remain confidential, police said.
With John Valenti