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Police looking for person of interest in Shinnecock homicide

State Police are searching for a man who may have information about a homicide on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton.

State Police said Mtundo Vanterpool, 43, who lived on the reservation but was not a member, was found shot dead at Shinnecock about 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Police are asking for information on the location of Michael Gaines, 42, who also lived on the reservation and was not a member. Police said they believed Gaines had information about the homicide.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the homicide.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 800 220-TIPS or by texting SCPD and a message to CRIMES (274637). Tips can also be emailed to


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