Cops probe two separate Hempstead slayings within minutes

Police are searching for suspects in two unrelated murders that took place minutes apart in Hempstead on Sunday.

The first murder, a shooting, occurred on Burnett Street at about 3:50 p.m., Nassau County police said. The second, a shooting and stabbing, took place in Kennedy Park on Greenwich Street at 3:53 p.m.

Authorities have not released the identities of either victim, pending notification of next of kin. Autopsies in both cases are to be performed by the medical examiner Monday.

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Police said the first incident was reported when a local resident found the victim, described as a man in his 30s, on the sidewalk on Burnett -- and flagged down a passing Hempstead police officer.

The victim was transported to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:43 p.m.

The victim in the second case is described as a man in his mid-20s and witnesses who notified police told investigators the man had been accosted by "several males who stabbed and shot him."

That victim also was transported to North Shore-Long Island Jewish and died there at 4:28 p.m., police said.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding either homicide to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls remain confidential.

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