A West Babylon man released from prison in March remained hospitalized Wednesday after being shot once in each leg and also the buttocks, Suffolk police said.
Rohan Manragh, 29, was hit on the street by 100 block of Albany Avenue in West Babylon at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, just blocks from Davidson Street in Wyandanch, where three people in a vehicle were shot to death and a fourth wounded last week, police said.
Manragh's wounds were not life threatening, police said.
"We believe it was not a random shooting," said First Precinct Det. Lt. Robert Edwards.
Detectives in his squad and homicide plan to compare notes to see if the two unsolved shootings are tied, he said.
Investigators are also trying to determine if Tuesday's shooting was gang-related and if the victim knew the four who were shot last week, the lieutenant said.
"We're looking at a lot of avenues," Edwards said, adding, "We're hoping to reinterview him again once he's in a better physical condition."
Witnesses' accounts have been inconsistent, he said. They reported hearing anywhere from two to five shots, he said. Some said Manragh was alone and others put him in a group, Edwards said, and depending on the witness, the shooter either ran away or drove off.
"The next thing we do is talk to him, see what he wants to tell us . . . and try to develop more witnesses," Edwards said.
Manragh was released from prison in September 2011 after serving four years on first-degree attempted assault, state records show. He was incarcerated November 2013 on first-degree criminal contempt and paroled in March.
Anyone with information about the shootings may call First Squad detectives at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.
With Gary Dymski