A gunman shot and wounded a driver in Hempstead who thwarted the assailant’s attempt to steal the victim’s keys by putting his vehicle in gear on Monday evening, Nassau County police said.

The 24-year-old victim was in a Honda stopped at the corner of Nassau Parkway and Allen Street when the shooter tried to steal the keys from the vehicle and then shot the victim in the right leg when he was unsuccessful at 7:27 p.m., police said.

The suspect ran away northbound on Nassau Parkway. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a non life threatening injury.

Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.