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Shooting of man, dogs in Yaphank investigated, cops say

Suffolk County police responded to the scene

Suffolk County police responded to the scene of a shooting and fire at about 5:30 p.m. on Long Island Avenue in Yaphank. Police are looking for a suspect who entered the house and shot the man and two dogs before "apparently" setting the fire, according to a news release. Photo Credit: Thomas J. Lambui

Suffolk police were investigating the shooting of a man at a Yaphank house that also was set on fire Tuesday night.

Police are looking for a suspect who entered the house on Long Island Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. and shot the man and two dogs before “apparently” setting the fire, according to a news release.

Police said the victim, 27, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was in surgery and police had not yet interviewed him Tuesday night.

Sixth Squad detectives and Arson Section detectives were investigating the shooting at the ranch-style home between Sills Road and Yaphank Avenue, where, firefighters said, two rooms were damaged by fire.

One of the two dogs died, and the other was taken to a shelter.

Police said early Wednesday that the Suffolk County SPCA will remove a bullet from the dead dog as part of the investigation.

Yaphank Fire Chief Chris Austin said the fire was confined to the front of the home and was extinguished within 25 minutes of the 5:33 p.m. call.

Police said there were no arrests and could not comment on a possible motive for the shooting.

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