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Police: 4th suspect arrested in Southold gang shooting

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos, 16, of Southold, was

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos, 16, of Southold, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in connection with an "ambush" attack on two rival Mara-18 gang members in Southold, police said. Credit: Southold Town Police Department

A fourth suspect, a 16-year-old from Southold, has been arrested in connection with what police are calling a gang-related shooting that left two men wounded early Tuesday in Southold.

Southold Town police said Freddie Fernando Torres Campos faced arraignment Friday in Southold Town Justice Court after being arrested and charged with first-degree assault. Police identified Torres Campos as a member of the MS-13 street gang and said he was arrested Thursday at Southampton Hospital, where he had gone after being struck by a stray bullet during the "ambush" attack on two rival gang members.

During that shooting, police said, Torres Campos was accidentally hit in the left ankle by a .22-caliber bullet fired by one of the attackers. Three males previously arrested, including a 17-year-old Greenport High School student, are said to be MS-13 gang members. Police said the four ambushed and shot two members of the rival Mara-18 -- or 18th Street -- gang as they walked along South Harbor Road near Route 25 in Southold at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday.

The two victims were hospitalized at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. Their status was not known Friday.

Previously arrested were Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue; and Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport. All were charged with first-degree assault, police said. Santamaria and Recinos Torres also were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Torres Campos, who was charged as an adult, was arraigned Friday and held on bail of $250,000 cash or $750,000 bond. His attorney was not immediately available yesterday afternoon.

An investigation determined that Vasquez, who was arrested at Greenport High, and Recinos Torres are both in the United States without legal documents and involved in deportation proceedings, police said.

The shootings appear to be rooted in a dispute between some of the suspects and the victims that occurred the night of Oct. 10 in Third Street Park in Greenport, police said. Police did not describe the nature of that dispute. With Ellen Yan


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