Dad Finds Out Teenage Son Was Shot Dead in Street Gutter When Detective Answers Boy's Cell - NBC New York

Dad Finds Out Teenage Son Was Shot Dead in Street Gutter When Detective Answers Boy's Cell

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    Shootings, One Deadly, Rattles Neighbors in Hempstead

    Residents in Hempstead, Long Island are nervous about several shootings in their neighborhood. One 15-year-old boy died after being hit by a bullet. His family is grieving and neighbors are trying to make sense of the violence. Marc Santia reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016)

    What to Know

    • The boy's father says he told his son not to leave the house at night and the teenager said he wouldn't

    • The 15-year-old was found lying in a street gutter

    • No arrests have been made

    A Long Island father learned his 15-year-old son had been killed after he called the teen's cellphone and a police detective answered, and the boy's mother learned of his death while she was hospitalized. 

    Raul Guzman, of Hempstead Village, tells Newsday he called their son, Joshua, on Monday to make sure the high school sophomore was in school. 

    Guzman learned that Joshua had been fatally shot overnight. He was found lying in a street gutter. Guzman says Joshua must have gone out while he was asleep. Guzman says he'd told his son not to leave the house and the teen said he wouldn't. 

    The boy's mother was being treated for a broken back from a car crash about a week ago.

    Nassau County police said the boy's death doesn't appear to be connected to a second shooting blocks away on Monday.

    No arrests have been made in either case, but authorities said that gangs may be involved in the killings.

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