Two young men were arrested for shooting guns into a county preserve north of Sound Avenue in Northville Wednesday, “just missing” police officers who were called to the area to investigate, officials said.
Police were called to a Sound Avenue property just after 6 p.m. for reports of shots fired when they realized two men were shooting in the direction of the adjacent North Fork Preserve, Riverhead Town police said.
Cops said bullets were being fired into the park, narrowly missing the officers.
An investigation determined the men had been firing shotguns and a rifle behind the home at 5176 Sound Avenue.
Travis Albrecht, 22, of Aquebogue and Scott Willet Jr., 19, were each arrested on a second-degree reckless endangerment charge for firing a rifle in the direction of the county park, police said.
Police confiscated Saiga 7.62 X 39 MK Sportsman rifle, though no other weapons were listed in a police report.
An employee at a Sound Avenue equipment and mechanic’s shop just west of the property given by police said he heard close to 40 shots fired before police arrived to investigate.
“The majority I heard were shotgun,” said the worker, who did not give a name. “I’ve never heard nothing like that before.”
He said he about a dozen police cars responded to the scene.
Mr. Albrecht and Mr. Willet were both released on $500 bail and are due in court Aug. 28.
More charges are expected, police said.