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After a day laborer was shot and killed during a home invasion in Eastport, advocates for Latino immigrants say they're still frequent targets of violent crime in Suffolk County. Greg Cergol reports.
Police are investigating a shooting on Long Island that left one man dead and another injured.
According to authorities, police received a report early Sunday morning that two masked men had broken into a home on East Moriches Boulevard in Eastport, announced a robbery and shot two men before fleeing.
Police said 45-year-old Francisco Pirir was pronounced dead and another man who was shot in the hand was treated and released from a local hospital.
Investigators suspect the gunmen targeted the house believing that the seven day laborers living there kept cash inside.
Pirir, a landscaper who was living in the home with his two brothers, was supporting a wife and four kids in Guatemala. Immigrant advocate Margaret Smyth said he was "not doing anything more than trying to live a good life here."
Smyth said day laborers in the area are often crime targets.
"It seems that they won't report what happens, and we've been encouraging, make sure you report, make sure you become good friends with police," she said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6492 or anonymously to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Greg Cergol contributed to this report.