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Man arrested in fatal shooting of 17-year-old in Hempstead

Friday, September 20, 2013
Police identify Long Island teen killed by gunfire Teen fatally shot in Hempstead

A 20-year-old Long Island man under arrest, facing charges in the murder of a teenager.

Police arrested Pedro Merchant in Valley Stream on Thursday.

Investigators say he gunned down 17-year-old Dante Quinones on Dartmouth Street in Hempstead last week.

Quinones was apparently standing with a group of kids at the time when he was shot multiple times.

The rest of the group scattered before officers arrived, sparking a search for witnesses and suspects.

Quinones was rushed to Winthrop University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Merchant now faces second-degree murder charges.

A motive has not been released.

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