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Greenburgh Cops Believe Shooting Victim was Target

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh police believe an Elmsford man with several prior drug convictions was targeted when he was shot multiple times in the driveway of his mother's home at 166 Sears Ave. Monday night.

"I think they were shooting to kill," Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon at police headquarters. "I think any shooting is a shooting to kill. He was lucky to hopefully walk away from this."

DeCarlo said the 35-year-old victim, whose name police refuse to identify, was shot from behind several times as he headed into the home about 9:15 p.m. The most serious wound was a shot to the chest. He underwent surgery at Westchester Medical Center and is expected to recover.

"We believe his progress is much better than earlier and we expect him to live," DeCarlo said.

Police are investigating reports of a car speeding away from the scene and are looking into the victim's past, which includes five drug-related convictions for either selling or possessing drugs.

"It looks like it was planned," DeCarlo said of the crime. "It doesn't appear to be a random shooting, to allay neighbor's concerns. He was shot relatively close."

DeCarlo, who described the man's other wounds as being "superficial," said the last shooting in Greenburgh was last May on Rosemont Blvd, which resulted in an arrest. The last homicide was in 2009 at a Getty gas station.

"It's not a high crime area," DeCarlo said of the section of Elmsford where Monday's shooting took place. "It's been relatively crime-free."

Police are asking anyone with any information on the incident to contact Greenburgh detectives at (914) 682-5331. All calls will be kept confidential.

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