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Christmas Day Slaying In Hamptons Wasn’t Random, Police Say

Amid concerns from local residents, police say 53-year-old Steven Byrnes was targeted in his Southampton home. 

By Jax Miller
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A Long Island man was shot to death on Christmas morning, and cops are saying it was not a random murder

Steven Byrnes, 53, was found at his Southampton, New York home on Saturday morning, as reported by the Southampton Press. Town police responded to the residence in the North Sea hamlet of Long Island’s South Fork shortly before 9:00 a.m. and found Byrnes unresponsive.

The victim died a short time later.

According to a press release emailed to Oxygen.com, a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner pronounced him dead on the scene.

Authorities with the Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad initially investigated the slaying as part of a burglary.

“The investigation thus far has demonstrated that the actions here were not random, this was a targeted event,” said Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. “We have been getting calls from concerned community members about the fear of lingering danger, and that is understandable. But at this time, we think this was targeted.”

Investigators with the Suffolk County Police Department told Oxygen.com they “also confirm it appears to be a targeted incident.”

No arrests have been made.

According to the Press, Byrnes owned the ranch-style home at 90 Roses Grove Road, which was left unoccupied the next day. A neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said they didn’t hear or see anything out of the ordinary.

“It’s a very fluid and active investigation,” said Lt. Susan Ralph of the Southampton Town Police.

Homicide Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.