A 31-year-old man was shot and killed when a fight broke out during a Memorial Day Weekend party in the victim’s hometown of Central Islip, Suffolk County police said.

Uninvited guests were asked to leave a home on Rosewood Street, when an ensuing fight in the street in front of the house escalated and at least one gunshot was fired shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, police said.

Nathaniel Winfield was struck by the gunfire was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, he was pronounced dead.

A second victim, 16-year-old Joseph Jackson of Wyandanch, was injured during the fight hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, although it is unclear how he was hurt, police said.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220 TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.