Cops Release Photos of SUV in Gary Melius Shooting


Suffolk County police released surveillance camera images Thursday of the truck that served as the getaway vehicle for the fleeing shooter of Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius nearly four months ago.

Melius, a prolific political campaign donor who was linked to the Nassau County police commissioner’s ouster in December, was shot in the head while walking to his car on the grounds of the posh Huntington hotel and catering hall he calls home at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, police have said.

“At this point it is now about getting my strength back and offering whatever assistance I can to the investigators seeking the person or persons who did this,” Melius, 69, said in a statement March 4, when he returned home about a week after undergoing surgery Monday at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset.

The SUV was an older model, light-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. The color is officially called Khaki metal. Detectives released images of the truck that were captured on the castle’s security cameras in the hopes that someone would recognize it and lead them to the suspect.

Police have said Melius and the assailant did not exchange words before shots were fired. No description of the shooter was released.

In a briefing on the case Thursday, investigators wouldn’t say if there was more than one person involved. There were also no updates on new leads, possible suspects or suspected motives, police said.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.