Police: 3-year-old shot, suspect then fatally shoots himself in Ridge

The child was airlifted from a hospital out east for surgery and is expected to be OK.

Krista McNally

Aug 23, 2023, 9:16 AM

Updated 298 days ago

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Police say a 3-year-old was shot in Ridge and the gunman then fatally shot himself on Tuesday.
According to police, detectives went to a residence on Ticonderoga Court in Ridge around 8:30 p.m. to investigate a murder that occurred in Central Islip on Hawthorne Avenue in June.
Police say the suspect then fired a handgun at them, seriously injuring a child, before fatally shooting himself.
While interviewing a friend of the suspect who lived at the residence, detectives learned that the suspect was inside the house.
Detectives directed the friend, as well as children who were also in the residence, out of the house.
The suspect, Gary Jones, 38, of North Amityville, appeared from a room inside the house, armed with a handgun, and fired numerous shots at the detectives. The detectives backed out of the house.
“As detectives tactically entered location, Mr. Jones’ silhouette was observed raising his hand with a firearm and immediately starting firing shots at detectives,” says Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.
One of the shots the suspect fired went through a wall, striking 3-year-old Lovely Toney in the next apartment.
James Toney, the girl’s father, tells News 12 the bullet fractured his daughter’s wrist, then went into her stomach, hitting her liver.
“I felt something hit me in my shoulder. I thought I was shot, personally. I guess it was shrapnel in the wall. I turned around and my daughter was standing there with blood running from her,” said James Toney.
The father says his daughter likes to jump on the couch, and was facing that way when she took a bullet to the abdomen.
Suffolk County police officer Christian Hernandez and Detective Louis Cabrera immediately began rendering aid to Lovely Toney.
The police commissioner says the officer and detective performed lifesaving measures to control the bleeding and rush the child to the hospital.
“Taking this little girl’s life into their arms and rushing her to the hospital, I am actually speechless because it was unbelievable work,” Harrison says.
She was airlifted from a hospital out east for surgery and is expected to be OK.
James Toney says he hopes his daughter can heal and go on to be a regular kid.
“No child should ever experience something inside their home,” James Toney says.
Detectives and police officers surrounded the house and called for hostage negotiators and Emergency Services Unit. Emergency Services officers made entry with a robot and found Jones deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say officers did not return fire during the three-hour exchange.


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