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Person Of Interest In Fatal Shinnecock Reservation Shooting Charged In Vehicle Break-In

Michael Gaines, 42 Photo Credit: New York State Police
Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A person of interest in a fatal shooting on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation was arrested in North Carolina after allegedly breaking into a vehicle.

Michael Gaines, 42, was identified by police as a person of interest following the fatal shooting of Mtundo Vanterpool at the Reservation on Friday, Aug. 16.

Police said that on Sunday, Aug. 18, Gaines was taken into custody by officers for breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Further investigation by police in determined that Gaines was a suspect in the Shinnecock Indian Reservation shooting.

Gaines, who has a Goldsboro, North Carolina, address, was charged with felony breaking and entering following the break-in. He is expected to be extradited back to New York, where he also has a warrant out for a parole violation.

Further details will be released as they become available, state police said.

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