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Nassau cops probe Massapequa Park house shooting

Village and county police officials discussed an apparent drive-by shooting in Massapequa Park where a house was struck by multiple gunshots about 1:26 a.m. Monday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting in Massapequa Park in which multiple shots were fired into a home where residents were sleeping, police said Monday.

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred about 1:26 a.m. Monday at a home on Glengariff Road, police said. More than a dozen shots were fired, police said. 

"We do not believe that that house was purposely targeted," said Det. Vincent Garcia, a department spokesman. "It appears that a car might have stopped in front of the house and directed fire towards the house." 

But when asked if police believe someone other than the home's occupants was targeted by the gunfire, Garcia said that is "part of the investigation." 

Investigators found multiple bullet shell casings and damage to the home. Garcia said detectives are reviewing that evidence, as well as video surveillance. 

Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato on Monday afternoon attempted to allay residents' concerns, saying that the community is safe. Pravato said he learned of the shooting about 6 a.m. that day and spoke soon thereafter with Police Comissioner Patrick Ryder, who said there would be additional patrols in the area. 

"He assured us that the police will do everything they possibly can and there will be stepped up patrols," said Pravato. 

Garcia urged anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, has video of it or any information, to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS or the Seventh Squad at 516-573-6753. All callers will remain anonymous.

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