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Man killed, 3 others injured in Medford shooting

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A Patchogue man was killed and three other people were injured after a Wednesday morning shooting at a Medford business, Suffolk County police said.

The Dec. 25 shooting occurred at 3:30 a.m. at Whitestar MTR, an auto repair and restoration business, on Cedarhurst Avenue in Medford. Police said at least two masked men entered the shop and demanded cash before unloading the barrage of bullets.

Nineteen-year-old Taleik Bristel, of Patchogue, was mortally wounded in the gunfire. Three other people, identified by law enforcement sources as two men and a woman, were also shot.

The surviving victims were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Center in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening injuries.

Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, the commander of Suffolk’s Homicide Squad told Newsday the victims were “social acquaintances.” A motive for the crime remains unclear.

Police said they are still in the early stages of the investigation and ask anyone with information to call Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or anonymously call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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