Mineola Man Shot Dead Outside Home

Nassau County police Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, speaks at a news conference Monday, Jan. 12, 2014.

A 43-year-old man was shot and killed outside of his Mineola home after the shooter demanded money but fled the scene without stealing any from the victim over the weekend, Nassau County police said.

Officers responding to a 911 call found the victim, Oscar Granados, suffering from a gunshot wound on Roslyn Road at 9:42 p.m. Sunday, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene outside of the home that he shared with his family.

“Give me the money,” the victim’s brother overheard the suspect tell Granados during a struggle, Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Monday during a news conference at police headquarters.

Detectives are investigating whether the shooter’s motive may have been related to the victim’s gambling but would not say how much money the victim had on him at the time, Azzata said. He noted that there was no known gang involvement.

“I believe that he was targeted,” Azzata said. “It’s going in that direction, but that could change.”

Azzata said that detectives plan to interview the taxi cab driver that had dropped Granados off from a location in Hempstead moments before the shooting. Although there have been no arrests and there is no description of the suspect, the voice indicated that the shooter was a man, he added.

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