Two wounded in Central Islip shooting

Two people were wounded Wednesday afternoon in a Central Islip shooting that started with an argument among three people on Peach Street, Suffolk police said. Videojournalist: James Carbone (Aug. 28, 2013)

Two people were wounded Wednesday afternoon in a Central Islip shooting that started with an argument among three people, Suffolk police said.

The shooting broke out about 1 p.m. as the three were walking on Peach Street, said Deputy Insp. Thaddeus Nieves, of the chief of detectives office.

Third Precinct officers found Keith Vann, 24, shot in the leg and torso, and James Anderson, 24, shot in the lower leg.


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The victims, who were not suffering life-threatening injuries, were taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Nieves said.

He added that it wasn't clear who fired the shots because police had not been able to interview the victims.

No other details on the shooting were immediately available as detectives gathered evidence.

It was not clear if the shooting was gang-related, but Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano (D-Brentwood), whose district covers the area, said he has seen an increase in gang-related activity.

"We're very concerned about retreating to what was happening in 2009," Montano said at the scene.

The shooting scene is about a block from the home of Luis Gonzalez, 50, who died last month after he was hit in the head with a bottle.

Gonzalez was struck after he and his son got into a fight with unknown assailants, police said.

Homicide Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said last month that there were "ongoing bad feelings" between the Gonzalez family and some neighbors, but he did not discuss specifics.

No arrests have been made in the Gonzalez case.

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