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Shooting adds to violence not far from school

Suffolk County police are investigating the shooting of a man on Broadway in Huntington Station Wednesday night, about a mile from the intermediate school that officials are considering closing because of recent violent episodes in the area.

Police said Shaka Butler, 21, of 283 Broadway, was shot in the neck as he walked near his home, not far from Park Avenue, at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police said he was approached by two men, but officials could not say if both fired the shots or only one.

Butler was taken by Huntington Community Rescue to Huntington Hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition.

The shooting came two days after Huntington school district Superintendent John Finello agreed to a school board request to consider relocating the 520 students at the Jack Abrams Intermediate School after a March 11 shooting less than two blocks from the school.

Asked for response to the Wednesday night episode, Finello said yesterday: "We're always concerned whenever we hear there is a shooting in the area. We're continuing to work on options."

Finello said one possibility is to move students to the district's other intermediate school, Woodhull, for split-day sessions.

In an e-mail statement yesterday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said his office has heard the concerns of the community and "We will continue to attack the problem and focus our enforcement efforts to protect the students and the residents of the area."

Dormer listed several initiatives, including increased foot and vehicle patrols and the use of the school as a relief point for officers on patrol.

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