A Coram man who fired a rifle at a group of people in Middle Island on Friday and fled the state was found dead of a gunshot wound after a confrontation with New Jersey State Police, authorities said.
Todd Gregory, 47, was parked in a white 2006 GMC pickup outside a Middle Island home when he fired a rifle at a small group of people standing in front of a home on Half Mile Road about 6:40 p.m., Suffolk County police said.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team said Gregory went to the home, where he was harassing a man from a previous dispute and his family. Authorities said he was racing back and forth in his pickup and fired a gunshot.
Gregory fired a bullet that shattered the back window of a parked car, sending fragments of glass that struck a 15-year-old boy in the chest and arm, Suffolk County police said. The teen was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
Authorities said Gregory may have been suicidal and planned to confront law enforcement as he fled out of state. Nassau County police, NYPD, New York State Police and state police from New Jersey and Pennsylvania began looking for Gregory’s truck and were warned he may be armed and dangerous.
New Jersey State Police found the pickup driving west on Interstate 80, heading toward the Pennsylvania border about 10 p.m., officials said.
New Jersey state troopers attempted to stop the pickup in Knowlton Township and pursued it to Old Mine Road in Hardwick, where they lost the truck, attorney general officials said.
Police found the pickup in a secluded area at about 11:30 p.m. and attempted to walk toward the truck when they heard a single gunshot from inside the vehicle, officials said.
One trooper fired multiple rounds into the truck, where Gregory was found dead, attorney general’s officials said.
Police recovered two rifles from the truck, officials said. No troopers were injured.
“The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
With Stefanie Dazio