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Police: Attempted murder arrest in Hempstead shooting

Xavier Moore, 19, of Hempstead was arrested Sunday,

Xavier Moore, 19, of Hempstead was arrested Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, and charged with attempted murder and assault in the shooting of a man, 18, on Stewart Avenue in Hempstead on Aug. 30, 2016, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Hempstead man who in August shot and wounded a man sitting on his front porch faces a charge of attempted murder, Nassau County police said Monday.

The arrest comes less than a week after Nassau police said they were intensifying patrols in Hempstead with an anti-gang focus.

Police cited a rise in reports of gunfire in Hempstead, including two recent shootings in a 24-hour period, one of which claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy one week ago.

The latest arrest is related to an Aug. 30 shooting on Stewart Avenue, police said.

Detectives said Xavier Moore, 19, fired six shots at a man, 18, who was sitting on the front porch of his home at 10:47 p.m. Moore fled, police said. The victim in the shooting was wounded in the leg and needed surgery to repair a fracture, police said.

Hempstead police arrested Moore on Sunday on Terrace Avenue.

A police spokeswoman Monday could not say whether the Moore shooting was gang-related, but acknowledged the department’s gang squad was part of the investigation.

Moore is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

At his arraignment Monday at First District Court in Hempstead, Moore was remanded to the county jail without bail. He is due back in court Wednesday.


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