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Aug 16, 2019 11:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Victim Of Shooting On Shinnecock Indian Nation Territory Identified Along With Person Of Interest

A public safety vehicle blocks the west entrance of the Shinnecock territory on Friday morning. GREG WEHNER
Aug 18, 2019 6:30 AM

UPDATE: Saturday, 11:50 a.m.

On Saturday, State Police identified the victim of the shooting as Mtundo Vanterpool, 43, who was not a member of the Shinnecock tribe, although he lived on the territory.

In a press release issued on Saturday morning, police said they are looking for Michael Gaines, 42, adding they believe he has information regarding the investigation.

Mr. Gaines also resided on the Shinnecock territory as a non-member of the tribe, according to police.

The press release noted that Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has a fast cash reward of $1,000 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest connected to the shooting — the reward will be issued within 72 hours.

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

State Police are still at the scene and the shooter has not yet been apprehended, according to Tribal Council Chairman Bryan Polite and Vice Chairman Lance A. Gumbs, who were both unsure of the perpetrator's whereabouts.

"The Council of Trustees is still cautioning everybody just to stay vigilant," Mr. Polite said Friday afternoon.

"The bottom line is, just shock," Mr. Gumbs said. "Nothing like this has ever happened in our community, so it’s basically shock and just trying to deal with that right now amongst our tribal members."

Earlier in the day, the Nation went into "lockdown mode" and community buildings were shut down, Mr. Gumbs said. Law enforcement officials had blocked off entry roads but were gone around lunch time.

The two tribal officials said that the victim and shooter were both non-Shinnecock men, but could not provide further identifying information.

"We just want to make clear that this was a non-Shinnecock-related incident," Mr. Gumbs said.

State Police noted earlier in the day that it was not an "active shooter" situation.

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.

State Police received a call of a shooting on the Shinnecock territory at around 5:35 a.m. Friday morning, according to a press release. One person was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound and State Police is actively investigating the homicide, the release stated.

Anyone with information on the incident can call State Police Farmingdale at 631-756-3300 and all calls will remain confidential, the release stated.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

The Council of Trustees informed community members via e-blast and social media that the shooter was a 6-foot-1-inch African American man, heavy-set, between 30 and 40 years old, according to a member of the tribe.


A person was shot and killed during an incident on the Shinnecock Indian Nation territory on Friday, several Shinnecock members confirmed. Neither the shooter or the victim are Shinnecock members and the shooter has not yet been apprehended, they said.

New York State Police declined to immediately comment.

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