Suspect arrested in shooting of child

Police: Boy at kitchen table at time of shooting
July 17, 2008 10:12:55 AM PDT
A suspect was charged in the April shooting of an 11-year-old North Bellport boy, who was struck in the face as he sat at his kitchen table. According to police, Mitchell Coffey was arrested for firing the gunshots on April 14 in the vicinity of the boy's home on Provost Avenue.

He was charged with assault.

Coffey is alleged to have fired three shots, one that went through the wall of Jeffrey Langhorne's house.

The bullet struck Langhorne in the face as he sat at his kitchen table.

Coffey apparently randomly fired the shots in the rear of the house, police said.

Two other bullets lodged into the walls of the Provost Avenue home, leaving gaping holes.

The victim, who attends Frank P. Long Intermediate School, was not the intended target of the semiautomatic gunfire.

Brookhaven town officials also took more than a dozen pit bulls from the home after the shooting.

Charges would be upgraded against Coffey if the boy dies.