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Monday, 13 October 2008

Danielle Calbrese was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she died a short time later.

The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating the shooting of an Islip Terrace woman.Police were called to 1755 Stein Drive in Brentwood on Friday, October 10 at 10:45 p.m. after a 911 caller told police a woman had been shot.When police arrived, they found Danielle Calbrese, 20, of 11 Karp Drive, Islip Terrace, had been shot in the face. She was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she died a short time later.Witnesses told police a group of friends was standing on the sidewalk when a number of shots came from a passing vehicle, which fled the scene.Danielle Calabrese stood with a group of friends on a Brentwood sidewalk in the warm autumn air Friday night, making plans to go out, police and friends said Saturday.Around 10:45 p.m., eyewitnesses said, a white, older model Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows slowly drove south past the group that was gathered across the street from a house on Stein Drive where Calabrese's boyfriend lives -- and then shots rang out."It just opened fire," said one friend of Calabrese's who saw the shooting and declined to give his name. As the group ducked for cover, the bullets seemed to last forever, he said. "They just kept shooting."
Calabrese, 20, of Islip Terrace, was shot multiple times and died from her injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore shortly afterward, police said.One of her friends in the group, a man in his 20s, was shot in the leg, police said. The friend, who police did not identify, was treated at Southside Hospital and released.
Calabrese, a Suffolk County Community College student who wanted to be a nurse, was "young and beautiful and had a lot going for her," said former neighbor Lori LoCricchio, while gazing at the Islip Terrace house where she lived with her parents and younger brother. Her family declined to comment.Friends gathered Saturday at the Stein Drive house where Calabrese spent much of her free time, they said. Photos of a smiling Calabrese and a small bouquet of roses were laid against a light pole where she fell.The shooter or shooters did not say a word, said the witness. "Nobody said anything," he said. "Then they drove away slowly."The Jeep even paused at a red light at Candlewood Road, mere yards from the crime scene, before speeding away, according to the witness."The way they did it was just so cruel," said friend Matthew Ramos, 22.Police have no immediate suspects or descriptions of people they are seeking, authorities said, though they do not believe Calabrese was the target.
Calabrese was a "sweet, sweet girl" who worked two jobs while going to school, said Zoraida Fanduiz, who lives on Stein Drive.When she heard the shots Friday night, Fanduiz ran out of the house to aid Calabrese who was lying on the ground. Calabrese began choking on blood, so Fanduiz gently tilted her head so she could breathe, Fanduiz said.She was sick of the neighborhood's violence, Fanduiz said Saturday.



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