Two murder victims were found separately dead of gunshot wounds about a mile apart in Hempstead within minutes of each other on Sunday afternoon, Nassau County police said.

A person first found a man suffering from a gunshot wound lying on the sidewalk in front of a house on Burnett Street at 3:50 p.m., police said.

Three minutes later, a man was accosted, stabbed and shot in Kennedy Park nearby on Greenwich Street, police said.

A passerby flagged down a passing officer after finding the first victim and witnesses called 911 when they saw the second attack, police said.

Both victims were taken to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Neither victims’ identity was immediately available. Both are scheduled to undergo autopsies Monday at the Nassau County medical examiner’s office.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

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