Man shot dead Thursday on Freeport street

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Police, responding to a call of shots fired, found a man shot to death in the driveway of a Freeport home.

The name of the man, found Thursday night in a driveway on Rutland Road, has not been released.

Neighbors identified the man as Miguel and said he was a 23-year-old father of an 8-day-old girl and 14-month-old boy. Neighbors said the man lived on Rutland Road with his girlfriend.

Police said they received the 911 call at 9:49 p.m. Nassau County police said Freeport police officers found the man -- and a photo from the scene showed a police officer examining a bicycle at the scene.

Nassau police said homicide squad detectives are investigating the shooting, but said Friday night no arrests had been made.

Neighbor Kay Avery, 58, said she heard "three pops" Thursday evening.

"I didn't even move. I thought it was the fireworks," she said, adding that fireworks are common in the area this time of year. Avery said she was shocked when her son told her a few minutes later that Miguel had been shot and killed.

"He always had a smile on his face," Avery said. "He always had so much respect. Always spoke polite. Why would anyone shoot him?"

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Avery said Miguel did not have a car and was often seen riding his bike in the neighborhood or to work at a restaurant on the Nautical Mile.

Avery's nephew, Michael, who declined to give his last name, said he saw Miguel sitting at the edge of his driveway with a friend minutes before the shooting. Michael said he could not think of a reason why anyone would shoot Miguel.

"Miguel would help anybody," Michael said. "He'd go around shoveling snow for the neighbors."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

With John Valenti

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