UPDATE: Police Identify Victim Of Fatal Shooting During Home Invasion Burglary


UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Suffolk County Police have identified the man killed in an Eastport home invasion Saturday night as Francisco Pirir. Mr. Pirir, 45, died from a shotgun blast to the face after two men forced their way into the home Mr. Pirir and six other men shared on East Moriches Boulevard.

According to Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Suffolk County Police homicide squad, the two men forced their way into the home at about 3:25 a.m., blowing the door’s lock off with a blast of the shotgun and then kicking in the door. Mr. Pirir and another man were in the living room of the house. The other man was also hit in the hand with pellets from a shotgun blast. He was taken to a local hospital and treated and released.

Lt. Fitzpatrick said the two men were both wearing masks and fled on foot following the shooting. They are described as both about 5-feet 10-inches and thin. Police are asking that anyone with information about the crime call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-Tips

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

Suffolk County Police have confirmed that two people were shot, one fatally, during a burglary at an Eastport home early Sunday morning.

A police spokesperson said that detectives were told that two men broke into the home at about 3:25 a.m. and demanded money from the tenants. At some point during the burglary shots rang out, killing one of the tenants and wounding another in the hand.

The burglars then fled and have not been apprehended. Suffolk Police said they will release more information about the suspects later today.

Check back with 27east.com for updates.

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m.

Area residents say that at least two people were shot at a house on the corner of Montauk Highway and East Moriches Boulevard in East Moriches. Police have yet to confirm the shooting or how many people, if any, were killed but Suffolk Police homicide detectives were on the scene this morning.

Neighbors expressed shock at the violence Sunday morning.

“It’s a shame, the guys there are nice, they’re in the store all the time,” said Theresa Citarelli, owner of Citarelli’s Deli, across the street from where the shooting took place.

Another neighbor, Nick Haff, said the incident and two other recent crimes in the usually quiet neighborhood was nerve wracking.

“Between this, the robbery at the gas station here and the hit and run, it’s been a crazy year,” he said. “I mean, this is a small town. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen here, ever.”


Suffolk County Police homicide detectives are investigating an incident near East Moriches Boulevard on the Southampton and Brookhaven town border.

Police have released no information other than to confirm that an incident occurred at about 3:25 a.m.

Suffolk County homicide detectives were on the scene still at 9:30 a.m.

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