Shooting near New York reservation smoke shop; One hurt

Mastic, New York (AP) September 2010

Police are investigating a shooting that injured a security guard on a Long Island Indian reservation.

Suffolk County police say the 23-year-old worker at Smoke Warehouse on the Poospatuck Reservation was hurt outside the store at about 5:50 a.m. Sept. 5, and a black sedan was seen fleeing the area. The man was hospitalized in guarded condition and was not identified.

The motive remains unclear.

Native American smoke shops are embroiled in a debate over whether the state can tax the cigarettes they sell. Tribes say the state lacks jurisdiction on their reservations.

Lawmakers want the tax money for state coffers. Off-reservation convenience stores and some public health agencies also want the Native American shops to have to collect the tax.