A 25-year-old Hispanic man was found stabbed to death outside the shuttered Chama Portuguese restaurant in Glen Cove Friday morning, Nassau County police said.
The gruesome discovery was made by a Glen Cove City worker at 7:28 a.m., police said. The worker then notified police.
The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities are now searching for the man’s killer.
“This is not a random act of violence,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, Nassau police’s Homicide Squad commander, told reporters at the scene of the slaying. “We believe this individual was targeted.”
“All avenues of this investigation are still wide open,” said Azzata, adding that no suspects are in custody.
The homicide chief declined to reveal the number of stab wounds.
Police had yet to nail down a time of death as of Friday afternoon, but an autopsy may help reveal when the incident occurred, Azzata said.
“The garbage people this morning came to me and said somebody dead,” a neighboring shop owner said, referring to City of Glen Cove sanitation workers. He said he wasn’t aware of what happened.
A group of people consoling one another in a small shopping center next door to where the stabbing occurred declined to comment.
Police said anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.