Two brothers from Brentwood were shot to death as they sat in a car early Sunday morning on a quiet Brentwood street, Suffolk police said.
Enston Ceron Jr., 21, and Ricardo Ceron, 19, had been sitting in a 1998 Nissan Altima on Lincoln Avenue near Stockton Street when they were killed by an unknown assailant.
A third man, whom police have not identified, was wounded as he sat in his car nearby, police said.
The shootings left a usually quiet neighborhood shaken.
The killings occurred near a tidy, middle-class area where neighbors chip in money to mow the front yard of a foreclosed home and Christmas decorations cover the lawns and eaves of homes.
"This is usually a very quiet area, nothing like this," said John Rueb III, who lives on Stockton Street.
But at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, Suffolk police received a 911 call about a shooting in the area. When officers arrived, they found the brothers sitting in the Nissan. Both had fatal gunshot wounds.
A third man in a nearby car also had been shot, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
The brothers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office; the third victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Eliseo Collado, who lives near the corner on Stockton Street, said nothing seemed amiss when he got home from his job driving a limo about 1 a.m.
He heard the gunshots when he woke up to use the bathroom.
"I heard two shots, like pop, pop," he said. "It sounded like it was far."
Neighbor Tom Horrmann was asleep on his couch two blocks away when the shots woke him up.
After the first round, he heard a car take off.
"I heard two sets of gunshots, separately, and I just laid awake hoping something wasn't coming through my window," Horrmann said. "I have two kids. Bullets don't have names."
Vickie Ruiz, who also lives on Stockton, said the area is normally quiet. "We don't ever see a car crash here," she said.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-220-TIPS.