INWOOD - Police say a man found shot dead near a house in Inwood Tuesday evening may been targeted.

Investigators say a female passerby spotted the man lying in shrubs on James Street at around 6:30 p.m. She then called 911. Police say the man may have been dead for a couple of hours by that time.

Capt. John Azzata, of Nassau's Homicide Squad, says he believes the victim was targeted.

"There's a possibility that he was involved in criminal activity of some kind," Azzata says. "He met someone there for some other reason. That's all under investigation."

The victim is described as a black man, possibly in his 20s. Police are still trying to identify him.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.