1 dead, 1 hurt in Hempstead shooting; suspect Leonard Reed in custody

Nassau police confirm to News 12 Long Island that the shooting took place at 25 Roosevelt Ave. (2/7/13)

HEMPSTEAD - Police say a suspect is in custody after an apparent domestic dispute turned deadly in Hempstead this afternoon.

Nassau police say they received an emergency call from the home located at 25 Roosevelt St. at around 1:30 p.m. Responding officers arrived to see a man standing outside the home's front door, and they say he opened fire on them as they exited their patrol cars.

Police returned fire and the man, who has been identified as 44-year-old Leonard Reed, is now in custody after being shot in the torso. A series of gunshots can be heard on cell phone video that was provided by a neighbor to News 12 Long Island.

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Investigators say a woman who was inside the home was killed. They have not said how she died, but they say she had an order of protection against Reed. Neighbors have identified the woman as Diane Parker, and they say she and Reed were in an abusive, unhealthy relationship.

A second woman inside the home was shot in the chest and is now recovering at Nassau University Medical Center, according to police. That woman has not been identified, although neighbors say Parker has an 18-year-old daughter who is a student at Hempstead High School.

Police say charges are pending against Reed.
 

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