By Janee Law
Suffolk police remain on the hunt for the person who shot a Farmingdale male over the weekend while he was seated in a vehicle parked outside a Huntington Station restaurant.
Francisco Palma, 39, was struck in his left arm at around 1 p.m. on Saturday while he and five other men were seated in a vehicle outside of Melissa Restaurant on New York Avenue, said Second Precinct Detective Michael Callahan. The unknown shooter fired two shots into the vehicle from behind a fence, Callahan added.
Palma was transported to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and was later released. No one else in the vehicle was injured.
On Wednesday, during Suffolk Second Precinct’s monthly community meeting, Callahan said the incident does not appear to be gang related and that there is “no indication” that drugs were involved.
Callahan said, “At first glance, it doesn’t appear that anything happened inside the place that resulted in a shooting. They were under no duress when they were leaving the place, they were just calmly getting into their car and next thing you see in the video is them all getting out of their car because a shot came” in.
Callahan added, “At this time, we don’t know why it transpired. We’re following up on everything.”
Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call the second squad at 631-854-8252.