LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — A person seated directly across from a family and child at a crowded IHOP on Long Island Monday was shot in what police have described as a targeted attack.
Suffolk County police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting an active shooter at an IHOP on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma at 1:24 p.m., Suffolk Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said.
Responding officers were on scene in 2 minutes, and found that a shooting had occurred between people who knew each other, possibly during an altercation, according to police.
There is no ongoing threat to the community, police said.
Video surveillance inside the restaurant shows a person approach a table where multiple people sat, Cameron said. The person then opened fire, shooting one of the patrons.
At least 20 people were inside the restaurant at the time, including a family with a child in a high chair that sat directly across from where the shooting took place, Cameron said.
A bullet fragment was later found in a woman’s sweater, but it did not penetrate her skin, according to Cameron.
“It was very clear that the potential for this event could have been dire,” Cameron said.
The shooting victim, who was shot at least once, later arrived at a local hospital in a private vehicle, and is undergoing surgery, according to Cameron. The extent of his injuries are not yet known.
The suspected shooter was located near the IHOP and apprehended, Cameron said.
The dispute involved “known individuals,” according to police, who added that the shooting was “not random.”
Witnesses took to social media immediately after the shooting. One woman claimed five men entered the IHOP and began shooting.
Police later said one person fired their weapon.