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Cops: Man shot several times in Hempstead’s ‘Linden Triangle’

A man sitting on the stoop was shot several times Sunday in a notorious part of Hempstead Village, just blocks from where his brother was fatally gun down in July, Hempstead police said.

ShotSpotter, a system that detects the sound of gunfire, recorded six shots about 5:20 a.m. on Linden Place, near Peninsula Boulevard. Linden Place is part of a notorious part of Hempstead known as the Linden Triangle.

Hempstead police identified the victim as Larry McCloud, 26, of Hempstead, who was sitting on a stoop on Linden Place, where a party was taking place inside, when someone opened fire, police said.

The bullets struck McCloud as he tried to flee, police said, and two vehicles and a neighbor’s house also were hit.

When officers arrived, they found the victim hobbling and party guests scattering, police said.

McCloud was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow and was expected to survive four gunshot wounds to his left leg, two to his left hand, two to his right leg and one graze wound to his groin, police said.

McCloud was wanted in a July domestic incident involving his girlfriend. He was charged with third-degree assault and arraigned at his hospital bedside.

The shooter has not been located or arrested.

It was not known whether McCloud was the intended target, police said. Hempstead and Nassau detectives were trying to piece together what happened.

The shooting is just one of dozens over the decade at the Linden Triangle, where drug deals are rampant and people have been killed in gang- and drug-fueled murders, police said.

LaDaniel McCloud, 23, Larry McCloud’s brother, was found July 2 lying on the sidewalk on Laurel Avenue near Linden Avenue. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body of Josue “Joshua” Guzman, 15, a 10th-grader at Uniondale High School, was found Sept. 12 in the gutter at Linden and Laurel avenues. The village resident was shot as he walked down the street with two people in what may have been a gang-related homicide, Nassau police have said.

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