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Oheka Castle Owner Gary Melius Shot by Masked Gunman

Melius is in stable condition after being shot Monday afternoon, police say.

Gary Melius stands in front of Oheka Castle. (Patch file photo)
Gary Melius stands in front of Oheka Castle. (Patch file photo)
Gary Melius, the owner of Huntington's Oheka Castle, was shot Monday afternoon at the historic hotel and catering hall, police said. 

Melius was in a parking area entering his vehicle when he was shot in the head around 12:30 p.m., police said. 

The gunman, who was reportedly wearing a mask, fled the scene. 

Melius, 69, who lives at the castle, was transported by a family member to a local hospital. Melius is alert and in stable condition, police said. 

The New York Post, citing law enforcement sources, reported that shooting may have been "a botched hit."

Melius, who is well-connected politically and has donated large sums to both parties, purchased the castle as a dilapidated property in 1984 for $1.5 million.

Today, the castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has 32 luxury guest rooms and suites, and hosts weddings, celebrations and public events. The castle's guest list has included Charlie Chaplin, Bill Clinton, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.  

Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato tweeted Monday afternoon, "Please keep my dear friend Gary Melius in your prayers." 

The USA Network show "Royal Pains" has filmed extensively at the estate over the past few years. 

"Sending strength and hopes for a easy and fast recover to Gary Melius," Michael Rauch, the executive producer of the show, tweeted Monday. "He has been nothing but kind and generous with us."

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Cathy February 24, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Holy good god. Hope he is ok
Carly February 24, 2014 at 06:54 PM
I spent a weekend with my daughters at Oheka and randomly met Mr. Melius in the courtyard. He was warm, articulate and genuine. After one of my girls asked about his colossal renovation efforts, he said, "Wait right here." He returned to give us each a book about Oheka's history, answered our questions and invited us to return. His kindness will always be remembered, and we wish him and his family all the best.
Rachel Guinsburg February 24, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Just saw him interviewed on PBS' "Treasures of NY". Hope he will be OK.
Rhonda Amoroso February 24, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Gary and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. He has helped preserve one of Long Island's treasures and we wish him a complete and full recovery!
Robert Pavelka February 25, 2014 at 07:47 AM
That's what happens when you dance with the devil. This guy was giving away money that wasn't his. Now it's time to pay
Ivan Ivanovich February 25, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Organized crimes finger prints all over this, which means the perp will get away
Roll Back Our Tax February 25, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Wow Robert. Are you saying the guy deserved to be shot?
Lady L February 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Sad that this mans shady business practices bring this type of violence to a beautiful setting. I had the displeasure of doing business with this man in the early 90's. I had a wedding at the Castle. After being overcharged $10k by some creative book keeping on his part, my father received a call the day after the wedding to tell him that our caterer stole a $25k rug out of the library and that we had to pay for it....my father told him he would call the caterer and his lawyer and get back to him....well the following day Gary called to say the run was recovered on the Northern State parkway (catering trucks can't fit on the NS , too tall) and that we would have to pay $3500 to get it cleaned....my dad promptly hung up on the man...years later I would meet several people who were victims of the stolen rug scam..... this guy is a scumbag
cynthia kouril February 25, 2014 at 08:14 AM
I wonder who put the hit out on him and why?
whodat February 25, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Imagine Alphonse pals around with this guy. What does that tell you?
Lily Tejada February 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM
how scary, you would think this places have high security standards, glad to know he is doing fine, here more info about his wife, her name is pamela http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/pam-melius-oheka-castle-owner-gary-melius-wife/
BK13 February 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM
It's good to have such sympathetic folks replying to this...oh wait...
Linda Otta February 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Sympathetic to what? This guy is smack dab in the middle of the modern day mafia PBA corruption, political contribution dealings, dirty politicians and you want sympathy? How many people got hurt at his expense over the years of his long mobbish career? Just because someone owns a castle does not make him a great person. The path leading to it's purchase is riddled with mafia like tactics. Maybe if he had made better life choices he would not have been shot. Get involved with the mafia and then ask for sympathy when he is shot? Please. I am sure you say that to all the crack dealers in Central Islip too right? Don't know why bubba was shot, so sad. His best friends all had guns and dealt drugs and did drive by shootings but bubba should have sympathy for being shot?
Six Pack February 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM
I would think that if this was a professional hit it would have been successful. This is someone he just pissed off in someway.
knee jerk February 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Maybe he thwarted a stick up and is a hero.
Six Pack February 25, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Maybe he shot himself
knee jerk February 25, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Then took off the mask?
Carly February 25, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Sad that assumptions and innuendo trump common decency for a man who was shot in his own driveway in the middle of the afternoon. These blog posts , with all of their alleged evidence of "mafia connections", "corruption" and "shady dealings" should be forwarded to the Suffolk PD ASAP not to find Melius' attacker, but to ensure the victim goes to jail for unproved crimes. What's wrong with you people?
Bill L. February 25, 2014 at 07:40 PM
"Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father told him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract..."
whodat February 25, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Carly, not to worry, Saint Gary will forgive all these naysayers!
BK13 February 25, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Hey look it's Linda Otta leg humping me again. Do you scan The Patch for all my posts just to comment? It's actually quite flattering, although also a bit creepy. Once again you reveal your true colors by publicly stating it's ok for someone to be shot. God bless you, a true humanitarian and a class act to boot.
Robert Pavelka February 26, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Carly, this guy was a bum, you will see
Carly February 26, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Robert, I hear you. However, Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I pray that I'll never be featured in one of these articles bc the idea of strangers skewering me for sick fun, petty feuds or political/religious beliefs is frightening. I don't understand why people can't take a minute to take a breath to calm down or have compassion before they post.
knee jerk February 26, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Carly, you don't have to be featured in one these articles for all that bad stuff to happen. Show a little compassion and you'll have the Tea Baggers and gun nuts "skewering you for sick fun"......See, I just got an E-Mail alert from one of them now.
Linda Otta February 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM
BK I never said it was ok for anyone to be shot, I said he doesn't need sympathy. You keep claiming I am leg humping you but you keeping trying to make this personal with me. Try to stay on task with the subject at hand. Robert is correct, this guy wasn't just a bum, he was the center nucleus of the small town mafia. The ripple effects are causing the pols and their buddies to act out. Plus it is an election year, no bueno.
Joe Vette February 27, 2014 at 07:39 AM
recover
Robert Pavelka February 27, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Would you or a family member have their wedding at Oheka castle now? Knowing this guy is a criminal who borrows from Peter to pay Paul and keeps a lot for himself. At $ 400 a plate I would go some place more respectable.
G February 27, 2014 at 05:10 PM
I've heard the most popular wedding now is the Weiner Special.
Bob February 27, 2014 at 09:41 PM
This guy is as dirty as the day is long. Just read a 1993 Village Voice article about his early life of crime and his later connections with corrupt PBA officials. Disheartening to know that he is so well connected politically. Doesn't say much for the morality of our elected officials. I guess what goes around comes around.

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