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L.I. Student Shot Five Times Walking Home: Police

Targeted for unknown reasons



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    A teenager  was shot five times as he walked home from his high school night classes, Suffolk County police said today.

    Police said 16-year-old Joel Nieves of Bay Shore was shot in the back at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was listed in critical condition at Southside Hospital.

    Nieves was taking classes at Brentwood High School. He was apparently followed after he left school, Suffolk County cops said. The attackers came up behind him and opened fire without exchanging any words, according to investigators.

    Police believe Nieves was confronted by two or three Hispanic men and at least one of the men shot the teenager. Cops believe that Nieves was targeted, but don't know why.

    The victims' father, Jose Nieves, was himself a gang member who was murdered in 2001, police said. Police wouldn't confirm any connection.

    Classmate Mario Rubio, however, didn't believe that Nieves' legacy led to the shooting.

    "He wasn't going down the same path as his father. He knew the dangers of that," said Rubio.

    The suspects, who were described as wearing dark clothing and possibly hoodies, fled northbound on Illinois Avenue toward Candlewood Road on foot.

    Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.