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Man found fatally shot in Hempstead, Nassau police say

Homicide detectives investigate an area on Elizabeth Avenue

Homicide detectives investigate an area on Elizabeth Avenue in Hempstead Village where a man was found fatally shot Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting in Hempstead early Friday, Nassau County police said.

Hempstead Village police found a man, 37, shot when they responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 100 block of Elizabeth Avenue about 12:30 a.m., police said.

Police said the man was found outside a residence, on the ground with an “apparent gunshot wound.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:36 a.m., and his identity is being withheld pending notification of family, police said.

The shooting happened several blocks from the Kennedy Memorial Park recreation center where about 50 people on Tuesday attended a meeting about crime in the community, including a resurgence in gang activity.

Those at the meeting were told that Hempstead Village has linked cameras to its ShotSpotter system, which features sensors that can detect where gunshots are fired almost immediately.

A new uniformed gang task force has been deployed to combat the trend in gang activity in the village, police have said. There has been a resurgence of MS-13, the 18th Street gang and a new group, Latin Pride. Violent crime such as assaults, robberies and shootings have increased this year, according to police.

Before the latest fatal shooting, Village Police Chief Michael McGowan said there had been six homicides in the village so far this year.

Detectives ask anyone with information on Friday’s shooting to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

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