Nassau cops investigate fatal shooting in New Cassel

Police investigate a shooting in New Cassel. (Sept. Police investigate a shooting in New Cassel. (Sept. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Nassau police Sunday night were investigating the fatal shooting of a New Cassel man not far from his home on State Street, police and witnesses said.

A Nassau police spokeswoman confirmed the victim was fatally shot, but had few details to provide. The call to police came about 3:30 p.m. Police set up a black tarp over a white sheet on the ground about 6:15 p.m.

Ethel Edwards, 43, of New Cassel, who said she knows the victim, implored witnesses to come forward.

"Somebody knows what happened here," Edwards said. She stood near the yellow police tape and surveyed the scene on State Street, where about 100 other people had gathered. "Our 'hood is too close-knit for someone to not know what happened."

She said the victim lived on State, a few houses away from where he was shot. "He's part of the block," she said.

Tears streamed down her face as she recalled the shooting death of her brother in 1991. "It just brings it all back," she said.

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Leonard "Sparrow" Llewellyn, who has owned Ernie's Barbershop on Prospect Avenue for 26 years, said the victim had gotten a haircut on Friday.

He said the man was a neighborhood fixture who had lived there "all his life."

Five plainclothes officers wearing badges were seen examining a surveillance camera feed inside the nearby Uptown Restaurant Grill restaurant.

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