Two masked gunmen broke into a house in Eastport where they fatally shot a 45-year-old man and injured another during a home invasion early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Officers responded to a 911 call at a house on East Moriches Boulavard, where the assailants had announced a robbery before opening fire at 3:24 a.m., police said.

The suspects fled the home after leaving Francisco Pirir, a resident of the home, dead. A second resident, was treated and released from a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the hand.

Pirir is the fifth person to be gunned down this year during a home invasion on Long Island, a tally that includes a Medford man in August and a Flanders man in January. A Nassau County cop also shot a home invasion suspect and his hostage near Hofstra University in May.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the latest case and ask anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-852-6492 or anonymously to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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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.