The sniper-style shooting of a well-known New York horse-riding instructor as he sat in the living room of his home has sparked a major homicide inquiry.
Suffolk County police identified the victim as 50-year-old Ross Reisner, who lived in East Setauket.
The shooting occurred around 8.45pm on Tuesday, as Reisner was sitting on the couch in his living room with his partner, Kevin Murray.
Reisner was struck in the chest and was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital, while Murray was reportedly grazed.
Commissioner Edward Webber said police were called to Reisner’s home at 62 Upper Sheep Pasture Rd after the shooting was reported in a 911 call.
Several shots had been fired through a window of the house. A high-calibre weapon appeared to have been used.
One witness told police she heard six shots.
In April, Reisner had become a partner in Maple Lane Farm in Mattituck, where he and his business partner, Bobby Ginsburg, trained students and horses at the 17-acre facility.
“He loved to teach and loved to ride,” Ginsburg said. “It’s just unbelievable to me that anyone would harm him.”
Reisner had intended traveling with several of his student to watch them compete in several prestigious horse shows this fall, it was reported.
Police have refused to speculate on a possible motive, but the head of the Suffolk Counry homicide squad, Detective Lieutenant Jack Fitzpatrick, told reporters: “This is not a random act … I believe they were fired on by someone who was intentionally firing on them.”
Local reports suggested detectives were seeking a long-time acquaintance of Reisner for questioning over the shooting.