An 22-year-old Brookylan man who was found shot dead on the front lawn of an Inwood home was likely targeted by the shooter, Nassau County police said.
A passerby reported finding a man bleeding in the bushes in front of a home at the corner of Jefferson Street and James Street 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Fourth Precinct police officers who responded to the scene found the victim, Deshawn Henry, to be dead of at least one gunshot wound, police said.
“The question remains what that individual was doing at that location,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Wednesday during a news conference at police headquarters. “He doesn’t reside there.”
The victim’s remains were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.
“He was killed there, he wasn’t disposed of there,” Azzata said. “There’s a possibility that he was involved in some criminal activity of some kind…That’s all under investigation.
“We do know that he was probably targeted,” he continued. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where he was walking down the street, was shot and stumbled into the [bushes].”
Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.