Officers comb a playground for bullet shell casings in at...

Officers comb a playground for bullet shell casings in at the Jack Abrams Intermediate School, near where a girl, 16, was shot in the leg early Sunday. Police say the shooting happened after a fight broke out during a large party on a Huntington Station street. (July 11, 2010) Credit: James Carbone

Police said they were searching for the person who shot a 16-year-old girl in the leg after a fight broke out early Sunday during a large street party in Huntington Station.

The party was near the Tower Street parking lot of Jack Abrams Intermediate School, close to Allison Court, witnesses said Sunday.

The teenager was taken to Huntington Hospital with what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

Neighbors said they were awakened shortly after 1 a.m. by several quick gunshots. Suffolk police said there had been a party before the shooting and neighbors said they'd seen at least 50 cars in the school's parking lot.

Sunday, police officers searched the lot for evidence. Police would not comment on possible suspects.

After the shots, witnesses said an ambulance took the girl from a car in the parking lot and most of the party crowd left.

The shooting is the latest of several violent crimes near the school that have led some Huntington parents to call for its closing. After a shooting March 11 a block away during school hours, Huntington Superintendent John Finello said the area's safety was compromised.

Reached Sunday night, Finello said he didn't have enough information about the party shooting to comment, but would look into it Monday. Huntington School Board president Bill Dwyer said the board had not discussed the shooting and that he had no comment.

On April 19, the school board voted 4 to 3 to make Abrams a districtwide sixth-grade center, moving the school's fourth- and fifth-graders to Woodhull Intermediate School.

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