Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are investigating a robbery during which a man was shot in Copiague early this morning.

Geremias Hernandez was walking home from a friend’s house when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded money. When Hernandez resisted, the man struck him in the head with a handgun. Hernandez then attempted to run to a nearby house and was shot in the right side of his buttocks, with the bullet exiting through his groin. Hernandez, 30, of 60 Leonard Place, Copiague, was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow where he was listed in stable condition.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the bullet that struck Hernandez passed through a wall of the home located at 7 Simmons St . No one in the home was injured. The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 18 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 160 pounds with dark skin, a thin build with his hair in short braids. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark blue jean shorts and was clean shaven.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to call the First Squad at 631-854-8178 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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