Authorities on Thursday released surveillance video showing the man who shot the owner of Long Island’s landmark Oheka Castle as he sat in his Mercedes in the famed venue’s parking lot two years ago.
PLEASE SHARE: SCPD Releases Surveillance Video of Oheka Castle Shooting Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini, along with Chief of Department Stuart Cameron and Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante released a portion of the surveillance video from the 2014 shooting at Oheka Castle during a press conference held today at Suffolk County Police Headquarters in Yaphank. The department is using the second anniversary of the shooting of Gary Melius, the owner of Oheka Castle, to release video of the shooting in an effort to urge people to come forward with any information.“We want people to take a hard look at this video and cooperate in the interest of justice,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said. “There is a dangerous person out there and we want to bring him to justice.”Upon taking office, Commissioner Sini looked at significant open cases as part of his top to bottom assessment of the department and determined this case would benefit from a partnership with the FBI. The FBI has agreed to assist the department.Melius was in the parking lot of the Castle, located at 135 Westgate Drive, Huntington, when he was shot entering his vehicle on February 24, 2014. The suspect fled the scene in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle is described as baseline, with five-spoke rims and a thin black body molding stripe on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. The factory color is khaki metal.Anyone with information about this case is asked to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.Posted by Suffolk County Police Department on Thursday, February 25, 2016
The clip, released by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, shows Gary Melius walking to his luxe ride and climbing into the driver’s seat.
Seconds later, the shooter gets out of a Jeep Cherokee, slinks toward Melius’ car from behind and blasts him in the face at point-blank range.
He then scrambles back to his own vehicle, bobbling something in his hands — possibly the gun — before getting back into the Jeep.
Cops said at least three shots were fired before the shooter and the Jeep’s driver took off.
One bullet struck Melius, who survived, above his left eyebrow and traveled under his skin without penetrating the skull until it exited behind his ear.
Authorities have never cracked the case, and hope the video will spur new leads in their investigation.
The release comes roughly a year after Melius put up a $100,000 reward for the arrest of the bungling hitman.
Cops said Wednesday that the FBI had been asked to help with the investigation into the Feb. 24, 2014, attempted hit on the Long Island powerbroker.
The Queens-born Melius has been a longtime player in Long Island politics, contributing to both Democrats and Republicans, and had said he suspected a political rival could be behind the attack.
Oheka Castle, a 109,000-square-foot, French-style chateau, has been the site of numerous celebrity weddings and parties.