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Man shot in North Valley Stream, streets closed, say cops

Police and detectives search Charles Street in North

Police and detectives search Charles Street in North Valley Stream, the site of what cops say was a fatal shooting. (Dec. 9, 2013) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Homicide detectives were investigating the shooting of a man in North Valley Stream Monday night.

The victim was shot on Charles St. and taken to a hospital, police said. His condition was not immediately available.

About half a mile away, in an apparently related crime scene, police had shut down Linden Boulevard from Elmont Road to the Southern State Parkway. On Linden, two cars -- a black Nissan Maxima and a maroon Hyundai -- sat side by side in the middle of the road between 238th and 239th street, with police guarding the scene around the vehicles as of 10 p.m.

"We got two scenes right now" said one police official who did not elaborate.

Howard Campbell, 58, of Valley Stream, said he had just pulled into his Charles Street driveway at 6 p.m. when he heard two gun shots.

"I heard what sounded like two gun shots and then a car came racing down our block," he said. "It crossed over Oliver Avenue with its brakes screeching, and then went to the intersection of Alden Avenue and made a left turn."

The car, which Campbell described as a dark color and possibly a late-1990s Nissan Maxima, was going "pretty fast."

"After I saw the car make a left turn, I heard screaming coming from the area of the shots," said Campbell. "The screaming died down for a few moments and started again when a person came back out of the house."

Campbell said he couldn't see whether the person was male or female, but described the screaming as "high-pitched." He said within about five minutes, police and emergency vehicles were on the scene.

Campbell, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, described the area as pretty quiet.

"It's certainly very troubling to have something going on like that so close to you," he said. "It seems to be the trend going on in society right now. . . . Up until this point, I've felt reasonably safe."

Jackie Chapman, 50, of Queens Village, said he heard a shot fired around 7:20 p.m. on Linden Boulevard and 239th Street as he was walking toward a P.C. Richard and Son store.

"I ducked in here just to be on the safe side," he said, adding that he saw police arrive immediately afterward.

Chapman said he didn't see the shooting or anyone taken away by an ambulance.

"I just thought it was an errant shot," he said. "I didn't think it was that serious."

But he changed his mind after seeing several police vehicles, an ambulance and road blockades on Linden Boulevard.

With Ellen Yan

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