Mount Vernon – A man was shot in the hand around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, near 70 West Third Street in Mount Vernon. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police arrested a man who they said ran when questioned about the shooting. They said he was carrying a 9 mm handgun and faces weapons charges. It’s unclear if he is the suspected shooter in that incident, News 12 reported.
Monday’s incident comes in the wake of another Mount Vernon shooting over the weekend in which a 13-year-old girl who was a rising basketball star was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding in a car on the 300 block of East Third Street. MVPD are also investigating that case, with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the New York State Police, according to officials.
“We are stretched thin with our resources. As such, we have asked assistance from the FBI, the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, and the New York State Police,” said Mount Vernon Police Captain Ed Adinari.
This is 4th violent attack (three shootings and one stabbing) in the city of Mount Vernon in just nine days, starting with the Christmas Day Massacre at the Mansion Nightclub located at 4 North 3rd Avenue, that left the co-owner of a nightclub O’Neil Bandoo and five others wounded. Then on Tuesday, December 27th a Mount Vernon man was stabbed in the leg on West Third Street near South Fourth Avenue, followed by 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie being shot in the head and killed in a broad daylight shooting, on New Years Eve, that left two others, McKenzie’s mom and a 28-year-old male, who may have possibly been the target, injured.
In response to the rash of senseless gun violence, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said criminals have become too comfortable in the city, and that must stop. Mayor Thomas ran for mayor of Mount Vernon in the summer of 2015 on public safety, but the rash shootings in his first year in office which include an Easter Sunday drive-by shooting, many of the residents in Mount Vernon say they do not feel safe.
Based on this unfortunate circumstance of the senseless killing of 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie, her family have set up a Go Fundme page to help with the sudden expenses. New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-313-TIPS.