A North Bay Shore man was gunned down in front of his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter as he stepped inside his home Friday night, according to Suffolk police and the victim's family.
James Creekmore, 41, died at the scene, police said. The search for the killer continued Saturday night.
Outside their North Gardiner Drive home Saturday, Patience Daniels tearfully recalled the horror of seeing her boyfriend killed.
"He died in my arms, with me giving him CPR," she said.
"There's no words," the 30-year-old mother said. "I have to tell my 4-year-old that her father will never play with her again."
Creekmore's 16-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, were also in the house during the shooting, she said.
The killing was the first homicide of 2015 on Long Island.
Police said one of the residents heard noises at the front door shortly before 10 p.m. and opened it, allowing the gunman to get inside.
When Creekmore followed the man into the house, the killer suddenly "turned and shot" him, said Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, who heads the Suffolk homicide squad. "He then fled the scene."
Daniels said she didn't get a good look at the shooter and had no idea who it could be.
She said Creekmore was a stay-at-home dad who was devoted to his family and had no known enemies.
"He was such a good man," she said. "Everybody loved him. He would give you the shirt off his back."
Next-door neighbor Latoya Jones, 34, said the shooting and ensuing commotion woke her up Friday night. When she looked out her bedroom window, she saw the lights of at least a half-dozen police cars and a frantic Daniels standing outside.
"When I woke up I just heard her screaming hysterically," Jones said.
Police did not divulge a possible motive in the shooting. Records show Creekmore has felony convictions for drug and weapons offenses.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 800-220-TIPS or 631-852-6392.
With Deon J. Hampton