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Peekskill Police Believe Pine Street Homicide Victim was Targeted

Peekskill city police are searching for the person responsible for the shooting death of a Peekskill man Tuesday afternoon.

Update, 9:15 p.m.:

A 53-year-old Peekskill man was shot dead in his car in the vicinity of 118 Pine Street, police are reporting.

Peekskill city police were alerted at about 2:20 p.m. when a female employee for the U.S. Postal Service discovered the man in his car.

Police have not released the victim’s name, but described him as someone who was well respected in the community.

“He was someone known as a good, moral citizen and the fact that he has been killed is a tragic, senseless act,” said Lt. Eric Johansen of the Peekskill police department. “We’re doing everything in our power to bring justice and we’re confident our investigators will bring this to a close.”

Johansen said he believes the victim was targeted, but investigators don’t believe the victim was involved in anything illegal.

The victim worked as a licensed taxi driver in the city in the past. Although he was no longer licensed, he would take on fares from time to time, according to Johansen.

“We’re investigating all aspect of his life and what he was doing today, specifically the moments leading to his death,” Johansen said.

A reward of up to $2500.00 has been offered by the New York State Crime Stoppers for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the man’s death.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-TIPS or the City of Peekskill Police Department at 914-737-8000.  All calls will be kept confidential.

UPDATE 6:15 PM: A man found dead on a Peekskill street was a local resident, city Police Chief Eugene Tumolo said in a media briefing. He was not a licensed cab driver, the chief said.

A mail carrier found the body and called the police.

The death investigation is continuing, Tumolo said. It was not a random act of violence; community members need not worry about their own safety.

The name of the victim, who was in his 60s, could be released later tonight. He was pronounced dead at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Earlier reports: Criminal investigators are working on a possible homicide on Pine Street, dropping small tags at various spots on the scene. 

Pine Street is closed between Elm Street and Maple Avenue—most of the police activity is outside 118 Pine. 

There's nothing official, but bystanders are telling Patch a body was found. Several taxi drivers at the scene said they feared it might be someone they knew.

Check back with Patch for updates.

joshua tanner October 03, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Police never found the last taxi driver who got killed (Carter's Taxi around 97).
Christine October 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
It was not a random act of violence??
Silent Majority October 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
1. I am sorry to the family of this man for their loss. 2. Here is where I start to vere. This is the third shooting of guns in Peekskill this summer, but the first homicide. First Dunbar heights, actually I think Dunbar was twice, then smith st a few weeks ago , now a murder. In addition, it was only a few short months ago that a stabbing occurred on Washington st outside of Dollar General. There are over 70 (I think that's the amount) of police officers in a city that is 4 square miles. The city council is worried about tattoo Parlors and "other" various things. The Paramount just ceased operations. Crime is sharply increasing There is something wrong. Something is severely wrong.
Silent Majority October 04, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Mr Tanner, you are correct. That's when, for a while Peeksill put in certain taxi regulations and the small taxis were not around. You only had Carter's, L&L, and Bynum. After that incident where the driver was murdered after taking a fair to the airport, the taxi drivers wouldn't drive to the airport without calling in a ride first to the dispatcher if I remember correctly. However, you are correct in the police never finding the killer.
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 04:49 AM
You're 100% right..This is "Bred" whatever coward or cowards would do Terry Lee like this is born evil..I lost my sister tuesday morning..but this has cut me to the bone :( R.I.P Terry Lee Camper...#welovedyoubutGodlovedyoubest...
Ray Adamick October 04, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Well mayor Foster, you can now use your TV mic, Peekskill has a death!
rest in peace October 04, 2012 at 05:00 AM
http://www.lohud.com/article/20121003/NEWS/310030104/Peekskill-taxi-driver-53-found-dead-cops-think-killing-planned?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
Ray Adamick October 04, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Sorry for your lost Leesther!
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Yo' Ray you are out of order...Don't you dare try and exploit this ya heard?!! for real! This don't have a damn thing to do with the Mayor..This is straight up "EVIL" you are not feeling half of what many in this community are feeling right now and it ain't that BS you and the rest of the "PEACOCKS" are going to spin...Respect his family and friends and Shut Up!..R.I.P Terry Lee....
Ray Adamick October 04, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I realize that but a death has happened in the City!
John Doe October 04, 2012 at 06:12 AM
57 Cops to be exact
John Doe October 04, 2012 at 06:15 AM
NYPD case knuckle head
joshua tanner October 04, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Letting a guy go with only 2K bail for TWO knife robberies in one week isn't sending a very strong message. Seems the court's sympathies are more concerned with the criminals than the people's welfare
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 06:41 AM
And let me guess!....Sandy Allen predicted it.....
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 06:42 AM
TY..
joshua tanner October 04, 2012 at 06:44 AM
"NYPD case knuckle head" Nobody said it wasn't - and you thought you were so smart lol
joshua tanner October 04, 2012 at 06:53 AM
At the time - I recall he wasn't even robbed and something like $350 was on him. The killers went to Kelly's on the Green (in railroad station) the Sunday night of murder. The bar had two customers - a retired state trooper and a prison guard. Both told me they were instantly nervous about the 3 guys who came in and felt something would go down. The trooper told me he could guess which of the guys did it because he could tell he was "just mean!". Then a bunch of other customers came in and the three men asked for a taxi. That's when Carters was called. Be careful on Sunday nights in Peekskill because thats when the out-of-towners are leaving and feel they can get away with stuff on their way out
Silent Majority October 04, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I forgot to mention that we had a couple of knife point robberies, one was on Washington St. & the suspect was caught on Dyckman St. hiding in a house. In addition, thank you John Doe who said that there are 57 police officers in the City. If I conduct my math correctly, that is over 14 police officers for just 1 square mile of this City to cover every single day. If I continue my math correctly, lets say each 24 hour day is divided into quarters to make it simple, then for each square mile of the City there should be at least 3-4 police officers in each quadrant of the city every 6 hours. Why is there so much crime occuring then? There should be cop hovering around at all times, around the City. I NEVER see that many Cops around! Where are they? What are they doing? Why has crime risen? One variable I forgot to mention, was that of the 57 police officers, some of them are detectives, supervisors, a a few disability, injured or vacationing officers at all times for various reasons throughout the year. I got that, but there still seems to be a relatively high number of officers for the Extremely increasingly sharp rise in violent crimes for a 4 square mile of City.
Silent Majority October 04, 2012 at 10:54 AM
If any one out there is listening, it might be a time for you to step up to the plate and challenge those in City hall to the task for some spots on the Council or Mayorship. As a City, we have just lost one citizen to a not so random act, have citizens running scared worried about getting robbed at knife point, Citizens and children worried about getting shot in Dunbar Heights and on Smith Street. It has GOT TO STOP!
Spruce Bringsteen October 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Best line: "It was not a random act of violence; community members need not worry about their own safety." No problem, folks, just a targeted killing, nothing to worry about. He only meant to get that one guy. City safe as ever. Just don't cross that particular guy, whoever he is. Clean Gene, you're the best. Throw back the little ones, and pan fry the big ones.
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
#choiceschanceschanges2013...
Bruce Cheng October 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
It's pretty clear what he was trying to say. This wasn't a random weirdo going around killing people, stop feeding the machine and twisting words. Have the facts straight before you speak.
Ray Adamick October 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Wonder what Foster will say or do now!
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What you think she should Do or Say Ray?!!!...
Andrea Barrett October 05, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss.
sherry mccrae mcphatter October 05, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Sherry mccrae mcphatter Terrylee was my cousin and it sad that such acts of violence is done and there is no witnesses we have felt with death in our family before but when our family members ate murdered its just heartbreaking we haven't gotten over Jonathan's murder yet and here we are having to deal with another one I just pray that justice will be served in this one because Jonathan's murderers didn't get convicted but gods handling it.
TLYN October 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
To the Camper family our hearts go out to you. Terrylee R.I.P. LEESTER thanks for keeping US straight on the facts, cause rumors start additional problems.

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