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Police are looking for a suspect in a mysterious shooting that took place a few blocks from John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday night.

Anthony Dehaney, 45, of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, was found unconscious in his Volvo that was parked at the corner of 120th Avenue and 135th Street in South Ozone Park. Officers responded to the block around 11:30 p.m. ´╗┐after someone called 911 about the victim being unconscious.

Residents who lived nearby said they did not know what was going on when the police arrived on the scene.

“I came out and I thought it was an accident,” said a resident named Benny, who lives down the street from where the man was found.

The situation turned out to be more serious.

The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was declared dead from a gunshot wound to the head, according to police. Benny and another neighbor who did not want to be identified said they did not hear any gunshots.

The authorities had no information on a suspect or had not made any arrests as of press time Tuesday. Dehaney served 18 years in prison for drug-related offenses before he was released in 2006, the New York Post reported.

He was shot in the back before he went to prison and confined to a wheelchair, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Benny, who had lived on the block for 35 years, said he never saw Dehaney or his car ´╗┐before on the block before Saturday night.

“This stuff happens all the time. People are killing everyone around here,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, text their tips to 274637 then enter TIP577 or log on to 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 11:02 am, October 12, 2011
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