A Port Jefferson Station man was hit in the face by a ricocheting bullet during an argument outside another man's house, police said Saturday.
The victim, Raymond Kaine, 19, was in serious condition Saturday.
The homeowner, Michael Perkowski, 21, of 61 Grand Ave., Port Jefferson Station, was charged with first-degree assault.
Perkowski was outside his home around 2:05 p.m. Friday smoking a cigarette when he asked three young men walking down his street what they were doing in the neighborhood, Det. Sgt. Frank Stewart said.
Perkowski was concerned about a recent rash of burglaries, Stewart said.
The men exchanged words and the group left, only to return with knives that they brandished at Perkowski, Stewart said.
They left again and came back with the father of one of the men, Stewart said.
At that point, Perkowski demanded that they get off his property and fired three shots: one at the ground and two at the group's car, Stewart said. The third bullet ricocheted and struck Kaine in the face.
Kaine was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Perkowski was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.