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UPDATE: Man Shot in Inwood During Police Probe

Officers were investigating a house party that occurred early Sunday where shots were fired and a man was arrested.

Officers investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday in Inwood shot a man after a physical altercation, according to police.

At 2:09 p.m., officers and detectives located a man and woman on Mott Avenue and West End Avenue who were believed to be a house party at 2:20 a.m. where shots were fired, police said. When the officers approached them, “a physical altercation took place,” according to police.

During the altercation, the male subject was shot and transported to the hospital for treatment. The female subject was not injured and released from scene.

The three members of the police department that were involved in the altercation were treated at local hospitals for undisclosed injuries and released.

Update: Feb. 27, 4:22 p.m. - Arrested in the above incident was George J. Towns, 27, of Valley Stream and of Copiague.

On Monday at 2:15 p.m., a judge performed a bedside arraignment in South Nassau Community Hospital and remanded Towns into the custody of the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, police said. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

Towns is charged with menacing a police officer and other charges that will be presented to the Grand Jury at a future date.

Original Story

During the course of the probe, police had blocked off roads in Inwood, according to people near the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Earlier in the day, officers had responded to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 130 Henry St. According to police, the officers saw a large house party in the front of the location. After an investigation, police said that shots were fired and shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Police said that witnesses saw Dwight Stephenson, 21, of Far Rockaway, placing a handgun and rifle into his vehicle. Both firearms were recovered by police officers.

No injuries were reported.

Stephenson is being charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, first-degree reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree.  He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in First District Court, Hempstead.

Detectives ask that anyone with information related to the shooting incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Bob February 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This neighborhood has been known for criminal activity for years drug dealer shot in his home on the corner of church and wanser a block away. Bar fight in the street on the corner of Lawrence and Mott a block away. Home invasion a block away. It seems like Nassau county thinks this is good because it doesn't spill out into other towns near by ie Lawrence and cedarhurst. This could have been avoided if they increased patrols in Inwood. If the police would have been patrolling the area they would have seen a large party going on and could have broken it up well before it escalated. Come on if this party was going on in any other area in the five towns it would have been shut down... It seems like they think only trouble makers live in this area but this is not true there are families with children living on these blocks who hide in their homes after dark in fear. Inwood is a border town and strong police presence would keep the riff raff from FarRockaway queens from entering Nassau county and committing crimes.......
Alisa Henderson February 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You are 100% correct, but I feel one of the biggest problem in Inwood in my opinion is there are to many illegal apartment rentals. When you have absentee landlords they don't care about anything but getting their rent money. These landlords live in other areas and you better believe if you go into their neighborhood acting the fool they will put a stop to it real quick. I own two homes in Inwood and live here. If I see or hear anything I'm on the phone with the police. I work very hard and I will not let garbarge mess up my neighborhood. People have to stand up for their rights and their neighborhood.
Alex February 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
We live nearby but we thought the shots were coming from the Redfern housing projects. Happens all the time. Get this - I haven't seen a patrol car on my block in 30 years and zoning corruption has allowed commercial businesses to spread to our back door. Inwood IS the forgotten town. Jewish leaders dicided long ago that Inwood would be the garbage dump for the other 4 towns. Be warned however Jews - the goodfellas who protected Inwood are gone and the illegal immigrant invasion will soon penetrate the Jewish towns too . Eventually, the problems befalling Inwood will also befall Cedarhurst, Lawrence, Hewlett, and Woodmere. So the Jewish Elders better start adding Inwood to their clean up list or pretty soon their cherished Shangri-La will be affected.
ftptch February 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
agree
Bob February 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Illegal apartments and absentee landlords are a problem that the town addressed a few years ago. They passed a law that provides fines and lose of property. The way it works is someone needs to make a complaint the town will investigate if it is illegal they get a 5000.00 fine the town will follow up if nothing is done the fine doubles to 10,000.00 finally on the third offense the town padlocks the property and the owner loses all rights to it. In the past the land lord would just pass the fines down to the tenant but now because of the chance of losing the property this is no longer a option. So if you know about any illegal apartments report them....
Bob February 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Alex race and religion have little to do with the problems inwood suffers. Inwood is now only a town it has strayed away from being a community. It has become a dump for illegal aliens, drug dealers and hoods. Most of the properties are rentals with tenants who think they have no say in town affairs but they are mistaken. Complain people and keep complaining until something is done about it. Go out and clean up the trash from the streets if you see someone breaking the law call the police. If you see some littering take a picture with your cell phone and report them. If we start to show we care about where we live and we are willing to do something about it the town will have to listen to our complaints.
Michelle February 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Alex, That is far from the truth....... I reported an illegal apartment through the town and I was told that Inwood is mostly rentals and they granted the slum lord, dual occupancy. I don't think much has changed over the past few years.
Michelle February 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM
People call the 4th Precient and complain.....There is a POP unit that supposeable targets problem areas. Get them involved. Don't let the low life, drug dealers take over our town.
Tony March 01, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I don't know where to begin. That part of Inwood has long been a haven for violence, gangs and drugs. More than 20 years ago I called the 4th to complain about gang activity, they said I was mistaken. I took photos of MS13 markings and was told it was just people trying to scare and intimidate, not the real gang. I then showed them pictures of the exact markings in Far Rockaway and they still insisted there wasn't any gang activity.. I pointed out the markings used on poles and streets to direct 'customers' to the dealers and was told the dealers weren't gang related (so, obviously they knew the dealing was going on but wouldn't stop it.). Then the petty thefts started. Friends, neighbors and relatives started having things stolen from their yards and garages but wouldn't call the police because it was just a small thing (like lawnmowers, bikes, etc.). Even had 1 relative who had over $2500 in jewelry stolen from her bedroom while she was working in the yard (front door left unlocked!) and wouldn't call the police because she thought maybe 1 of her grandkids (4 & 2) had gone into her dresser and moved things around and misplaced it. These are all indications of addicts looking for a quick, easy buck on their way to make a buy but if the police aren't called on all of these then from their perspective the crime is staying in an isolated location. It's never too late if you get involved. Demand action from elected officials as well as the NCPD. Be persistent.
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