LI Construction Worker Shot Dead In His Car

A construction worker was shot to death while he was sitting in his car in Lake Ronkonkoma Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Raymond Hirt, 51, a construction worker from Mastic Beach, was parked on Beach Street, just south of nearby construction taking place on Portion Road, when a dark-colored SUV pulled up beside him and an occupant inside fired a shot.

Hirt was struck in the neck and rushed to Stony Brook University hospital shortly after 7 a.m. where he was pronounced dead three hours later.

Police say Hirt, who is employed as a flagman for Pratt Brother Inc., reportedly checked in for work at a nearby construction trailer and has just returned to the car when he was gunned down.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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