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One man was killed and another is recovering from being shot in the face after two gunmen wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas over their faces barged in on a group of friends at a Long Island home Wednesday night. The intruders opened fire as a 5-year-old boy slept upstairs, police and witnesses said. Greg Cergol has the story.
One man was killed and another is recovering from being shot in the face after two gunmen wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas over their faces barged in on a group of friends at a Long Island home Wednesday night and opened fire as a 5-year-old boy slept upstairs, police and witnesses said.
Authorities responding to a 911 call of shots fired at the home on Gray Avenue in Medford shortly before 11 p.m. found 25-year-old Jeremy Phillips, a visitor at the home, shot to death.
Officials found the 28-year-old resident, Jermel Bonaparte, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but is expected to survive.
Olivia Smith, Bonaparte's fiancee and the mother of his 5-year-old son, told NBC 4 New York about eight people were "hanging out" at the house when they heard a knock at the door. Bonaparte answered the door, and two men, their heads and faces covered, pushed their way in.
"They didn't ask for any money. They didn't ask if there were drugs in the house. They just came in," said Smith.
Smith said her fiancee struggled to push them back, but they started shooting; Bonaparte was hit first, and then one of the gunmen walked directly to Phillips and fatally shot him. Then they ran off.
The gunmen didn't utter a word during the shooting and nothing was taken from the home, Smith said.
None of the other people in the home at the time were injured. Smith and Bonaparte's little boy, who had been asleep upstairs before the men stormed in, was awoken by the sound of the gunfire.
"He woke up to gunshots and seen the blood everywhere," said Smith. "I was just screaming, 'Oh, my God!' Like, this really just happened."
The boy is shaken up and scared, she said, but otherwise OK.
Smith said she was "in shock" over the shooting and had no idea about a possible motive.
Police said it wasn't immediately clear if the house was targeted.
A cousin of Bonaparte told NBC 4 New York the shooting was likely the results of some neighborhood feud, though she didn't specify its nature. She said it was not a gang-related dispute.
"Turn yourself in. Why do this?" she said, addressing her cousin's killer. "That boy you killed was a good man."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800)-220-TIPS.