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Shooting death of man in Inwood probably not random, police say

The body of a man "possibly in his

The body of a man "possibly in his 20s" was found in front of a home on James Street in Inwood about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015, according to Nassau police, who said the Homicide Squad is investigating the death. Above, a view of the house on Wednesday morning. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A man was shot to death in Inwood on Tuesday night in what was probably a targeted attack, Nassau police said Wednesday.

The victim, who investigators said was in his 20s, had not been identified Wednesday night, police said.

His body was discovered by police after a woman called 911 at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to report a man bleeding in bushes outside her home on James Street.

He was wearing blue sweatpants and a blue T-shirt with writing on it, said Det. Capt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Nassau County homicide squad, at a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.

Azzata said the man did not reside at the home but was shot nearby.

"When officers arrived at that scene," Azzata said, "they found the man in the bushes bleeding who was apparently dead."

Investigators suspect the victim was targeted by whoever shot him because the area where he was gunned down is secluded and hard to see from the street because of dense shrubbery.

Detectives are also investigating whether the victim was involved in some type of criminal activity that led him to meet someone there who later shot him.

"This wasn't a random act of violence where he was walking down the street, shot and stumbled into that landscaping area," Azzata said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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