Shootings At Lincoln Apartments – Update
Two Of Three Victims Live In Properties that are LLC’s owned by Don Pius.
Darius Howard, 16, Devon White, 18, and Philip Perez, 22, were sitting in a vehicle parked at the Lincoln Apartments in Huntington Station at approximately 3:15 p.m. when a large group of males surrounded the vehicle and at least two members of the group fired shots. The three victims were transported by Huntington Community Rescue ambulance to Huntington Hospital.
Darius Howard, of 18 Smith Street, Greenlawn, sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and a grazing wound to his head. Devon White, of 123 First Avenue, Huntington Station, sustained a gunshot wound to his groin. Philip Perez, of 50 Wyman Ave, Huntington Station, sustained gunshot wounds to his right arm, right armpit and right hand.
The investigation is continuing and detectives believe the shooting may be gang related.
Philip Perez lives at 50 Wyman Avenue, Huntington Station. According to the Town of Huntington tax records, Community Properties is the landlord of this property and the property is located in the Huntington School District. Don Pius is the owner of Community Properties. The Town of Huntington tax records show this property described as “2 Family/2 Kitchens (may not be legal)”. It actually says the words May Not Be Legal directly on the Town’s records. The Town of Huntington records have a description of additions made to this dwelling and it is indicated that they were made without permits.
Darius Howard lives at 18 Smith Street. According to Town of Huntington records this property is owned by Catco Associates. Catco Associates is owned by Don Pius. This property is in the Harborfields School district. According to the Town of Huntington tax records, this property has a letter in lieu instead of having proper CO’s and permits that one would typically find on an owner occupied single family home.
The third victim lives in the Lincoln Apartments which is a 30 unit section 8 housing project. According to the Town of Huntington tax records it is owned by Lincoln Estates LLC.
The Huntingtonian has received numerous anonymous tips about the Lincoln Apartments from people who claim to be residents who live near the apartments. They claim gun fire is a common occurrence in the area and they are afraid to report the incidents for fear of retaliation.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.