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Oscar Alfredo Granados likely shot to death by thief demanding money, cops say

Nassau County police said Oscar Alfredo Ventura Granados,

Nassau County police said Oscar Alfredo Ventura Granados, 43, of Mineola, was fatally shot outside his home on Roslyn Road near 2nd Street on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. His death is being investigated as a robbery, police said. Credit: Handout

A Mineola man was fatally shot outside his home after exiting a taxi Sunday night, likely the target of a thief demanding money, police said Monday.

Oscar Alfredo Granados, 43, was shot at 9:36 p.m. Sunday outside his home on Roslyn Road near Second Street, said Det. Capt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Nassau County Police Department's homicide squad.

Granados, Nassau's first homicide victim in 2015, was pronounced dead at the scene six minutes later, officials said. No arrests have been made.

Detectives are retracing Granados' steps from about 5 p.m. Sunday -- the last time his family spoke to him -- until the shooting, Azzata said.

"I believe that he was targeted but I don't have that confirmed a hundred percent at this point because we're still following all the leads, but it's leaning in that direction," Azzata said at a news conference Monday.

Azzata said detectives were exploring several motives -- including that Granados may have been targeted for gambling proceeds -- and confirmed Granados' brother's account that the assailant tried to rob Granados just before the shooting.

Azzata said the shooter didn't take anything. Granados was found with his "wallet, money and cellphone," said Azzata, who added that detectives are seeking an interview with the cabbie but don't believe he saw the shooting.

Miguel Ventura, 35, the victim's brother, said he heard the gunman demand money from his brother as he watched from the window.

"I see the guy try to fight," Ventura said. "I saw my brother on the floor."

Ventura said that by the time he got downstairs the shooter was gone. Granados was returning from Hempstead, but family members didn't specify from where.

Granados was a married father of two from El Salvador who worked as a painter, family members said. Juan Valenti, the victim's brother-in-law, said he worked hard.

"Seven days working, twelve hours a day," Valenti said.

A cousin of Granados said he was "such a good guy."

"We're all devastated," said Vilma Granados, 30, also of Mineola.

Lourdes Granados, another cousin of the victim, said she's in shock over his killing.

"I can't believe it," said Granados, 39, of Glen Cove. "It's very hard because he's a nice guy."

She added that the whole extended family, including Oscar Granados, his siblings and other family members, had celebrated Christmas together.

"He's happy, together with the family," she said, "and now this."

With Gary Dymski

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