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Long Island man shot to death in South Jamaica

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A Long Island father was gunned down in a hail of nearly 30 bullets early Monday morning in South Jamaica, police and eyewitnesses said.

Maurice Gordon, of Freeport, L.I., was heading back to his parents’ home near 161st Street and 118th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. following a night out clubbing with his cousin when he was shot in the chest, investigators said. The assailants allegedly used a high-powered, rapid-fire weapon to kill the 33-year-old, who protected his cousin, and crime scene investigators spent the entire morning marking off shell casings from the nearby houses and vehicles, according to police.

There were at least 28 bullets used in the attack and the cousin, whom police did not identify, was uninjured and ran into the house to call 911, according to investigators.

Gordon was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but succumbed to his injuries an hour later, according to investigators. No suspects had been identified or arrested as of Tuesday, police said.

Police say Gordon and his cousin were accosted by some men at a Long Island nightclub and those persons may have followed the two back to Queens.

Several of the man’s relatives, including his wife and in-laws, came to the home to grieve with his parents and did not talk to reporters.

Ronald Coy, a friend of Gordon’s father who lives nearby, said the victim, had a child and was working at a good job as a U.S. Transportation Security Administration officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“He bragged about his son getting that job,” Coy said of the victim’s father, who he said was a Jamaican immigrant.

The family friend said Gordon lived on Long Island with his immediate family, but would frequently visit his parents in Queens.

“I talked to his father all the time and he would say how nice a son he had,” Coy said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, text their tips to 274637 then enter TIP577 or log onto nypdcrimestoppers.com. All reports will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at ipereira@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Updated 5:55 pm, October 10, 2011
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