HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (WABC) -- Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in a parking lot near a Long Island park overnight Friday.
Authorities say the victim, who was fatally stabbed, was found just after midnight in front of Laundry Palace on Clinton Street in Hempstead, near Brierly Park.
The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 1 a.m.
Nassau County police Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said the victim was stabbed in the upper torso during an altercation in the park and then walked to the nearby parking lot and collapsed.
Laundry workers saw him outside and called 911
The victim is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, but police do not know his identity.
Evidence was also recovered in the park.
The investigation is ongoing.
The apparent homicide came on the same day that Hempstead officials announced a successful program to crack down on murders and other crime, dubbed the "Hempstead Initiative."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
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Man found fatally stabbed in parking lot near Long Island park