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Man shot twice calls for cab an hour later, police say

Suffolk County police at the scene of a

Suffolk County police at the scene of a shooting on Coolidge Avenue near Smith Street in North Amityville late Wednesday night, April 22, 2015. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

A man sitting in a car was shot twice in the leg in North Amityville late Wednesday, then waited more than an hour to call a cab to take him to the hospital, Suffolk police said Thursday.

The ShotSpotter system, which notifies police on the location of gunfire sounds, detected 10 rounds about 11:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Coolidge Avenue and Smith Street, police said.

Officers found a Mitsubishi Galant a few blocks away on North Ronald Drive with several bullet holes and blood, but no one was inside, said Det. Lt. Robert Edwards of the First Precinct.

Police got several 911 calls, but none came from the victim, 18, of North Amityville, who waited to call a cab to go Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Edwards said. His name was not released.

Detectives interviewed him after the hospital reported treating a gunshot victim, police said.

The man's thigh wounds were not life-threatening, police said, but detectives Thursday were trying to make sense of his actions, determine the motive for the shooting and verify information he gave them.

"I would think someone that has been shot would immediately seek medical attention," Edwards said. "He might have made a self-evaluation and realized 'I'm not shot that bad.' I don't know. We have to talk to him again."

Citing the ongoing investigation, Edwards declined to detail what the victim said. But the lieutenant said the victim had borrowed a friend's car and detectives are trying to find witnesses and surveillance footage.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8152.

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