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http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo...ed:i=1.2316696

Tyler Daniels, 16, of Wyandanch, was either shot after kicking down a door during an attempted home invasion or killed in cold blood, according to competing versions of the event Sunday from Suffolk police and the boy's family.

Daniels, the father of a toddler and known to friends and family as "Scooter," died at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip after police found his body at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, lying on Lake Drive.

Homicide Det. Sgt. Thomas Groneman said Daniels, along with two teens aged 14 and 15, tried to break into the house at 43 Lake Dr. in Wyandanch when the shooting took place. Police found evidence that the three boys tried to enter through windows before Daniels, with the other two acting as lookouts, kicked in a side door.

Once the door opened, Groneman said, Daniels was shot by someone inside the house. He stumbled to the street, where he fell. The other two boys are in custody and face felony charges of second-degree burglary, Groneman said. Because they are juveniles, police did not release their names.

But Daniels' family said they don't believe the police's version of events.

"If he was trying to rob somebody's house, why didn't he have a gun to fight back?" asked Daniels' aunt, Sherry Morant, with whom he lived on Birch Street, two blocks from Lake Drive. "He got shot and murdered, that's what happened."

Groneman said no one was in the house by the time police arrived Sunday morning. Police are looking for the homeowner or people who live there. Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk Police Homicide Division at 631-852-6392.

"Obviously we're looking to talk to the individual who did the shooting to see if it was justified or not," he said.

Daniels, who leaves a 21-month-old son, Tyler Jr., was a sports fanatic who loved to play basketball, soccer and box, according to his mother, Linda Daniels of Amityville . After his son was born, Tyler Daniels transferred from Wyandanch High School to Wilson Tech in Dix Hills , where he was studying to be a personal trainer, his mother said.

"He's so young, so young," Linda Daniels said. "But he matured quick after his son came. He was a kid but he couldn't be a kid anymore. All he talked about was his son."

Groneman said the Lake Drive house was burglarized sometime last week and police are investigating whether that incident and Sunday's shooting are related. Police Sunday were also investigating another shooting two blocks east of where Daniels was killed, though Groneman said that attack was unrelated to Daniels' death.

Daniels' sister, Kiara, 19, said the teen was at her house for dinner Saturday night. Around 2 a.m., she said, he left to make the five-block walk home and she went to bed. A short time later, she and family members were rushing to his bedside at Good Samaritan.

"When I got to the hospital," Linda Daniels said, "I said to him, 'Get up, Scooter. Get up, let's go.' "

Doctors pronounced Daniels dead at 4:03 a.m.
 

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the homeowner is not making him/herself look too good by leaving the scene.

god bless.
 

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Unbelievable.
 

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I am in no way condoning what the scumbag did. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Just playing devil's advocate, but it sounds like the house was burglarized before and the owner/tenant was looking to catch someone in the act.
The article said that when police went to the house no one was there and they haven't been able to contact an owner/tenant. If I owned the house and shot an intruder and felt I was justified, why would I hide from the police?
 

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The article said that when police went to the house no one was there and they haven't been able to contact an owner/tenant. If I owned the house and shot an intruder and felt I was justified, why would I hide from the police?

Because Wyandanch is in the state of New York which is only slightly different than California.
 

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I assume the family of the criminal would be saying if the homeowner knew the kids who broke in, but other than that, why would the homeowner not stay to explain why he/she did what they did?

It would have to be pretty extraordinary for me to think the homeowner screwed up, but I guess it could happen.

Here I go again wanting both sides of the story to get at the truth. Silly me!
 

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I like the Aunt's choice of words "why didn't he have a gun to fight back" - Um, if you're victimizing someone I don't think much of anything you're doing is fighting BACK, lol.
 

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Sounds like he should have stuck to basketball, soccer, and boxing.

He wasn't so good at burglary.:mischievous:
 

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Sounds like he should have stuck to basketball, soccer, and boxing.

He wasn't so good at burglary.:mischievous:
Yep, if he had only been as good at burglary as he was at making babies, he might still be alive.
 

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Apparently that area is a real shit hole. People on another board are speculating that the home could belong to anyone from a drug dealer or someone with warrants to someone afraid to come forward for fear of retaliation. :dunno:
 
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