Elected Officials Issue Joint Statement on Shooting of 20-Year-Old Mount Vernon Woman

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head early Saturday morning in Mount Vernon. The incident took place around 3 a.m. on South Third Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets. The shooting reportedly happened during an argument at a party. The victim was rushed to New York Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in the Bronx. Mount Vernon police has not released any new information about the shooting, but department officers, along with county police and the FBI, were on the scene of the shooting Saturday morning.

In response to a shooting various U.S., New York and Westchester elected officials issued a statement on Saturday afternoon, together with representatives from various community and faith-based organizations.

U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State Senators Jamaal T. Bailey and Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Mount Vernon City Council President Marcus Griffith, Mount Vernon City Councilman Derrick Thompson, and Mount Vernon City Councilwoman Janice Duarte, and Darren M. Morton, senior pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, issued the following statement Saturday: 

“This morning we were devastated and heartbroken to learn that a 20-year-old woman was shot in the head in Mount Vernon early Saturday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m. Our offices will continue to work with the mayor and other elected officials to end incidents of gun violence in Mount Vernon. Every life is sacred and It is going to take all of us to get this done. Every elected official, every member of the clergy, every educator, community member, health care provider and resident must work together to stop the violence in Mount Vernon and beyond. There is so much good work already happening in Mount Vernon, and that needs to be recognized, uplifted and multiplied. Every life is precious and every life is worth saving. Let us work together to save lives.

“If you have any information regarding this incident or the potential of future incidents of violence, please text confidentially to 914-314-5091. This is a non-police confidential private line. We aim to stop violent incidents before they occur and create nurturing environments where every person in Mount Vernon can thrive.”

The mayor of Mount Vernon, Shawyn Patterson-Howard, also issued a statement,

“I literally live one block away from the scene. I was up reading and preparing for some work, and I heard the shots ring out. We always want to make sure we’re partnering with people who have additional resources so we can bring closure…and people will get federal time when the ATF and the FBI are involved…Last year in 2020, we closed over 80 percent of our homicide cases, and we are on track to do the same thing this year.”

Jesse Van Lew on Save Mount Vernon visited the crime scene and also shared a statement with Black Westchester and a plea to the District Attorney;

“My Condolences to the Family of the young lady that shotby gun fire, she was on life support and sorry for my language, but this community is tired, where is this so called leadership here, as I understand she was between 16 and 18 years old, we all should be upset, and pissed off, please keep it real if you respond, say what must be said!!!
 for the Family!!! Mimi Rocah this City needs help!!!”

Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.


  • Every single one of us has a responsibility to ensure our community stays safe. From parents, to the friends of the victim at the party, as well as our neighbors and electeds. Responsibility for quality of life doesn’t fall to one single group or individual (the mayor, the police, etc.). The Village needs to step up, and move forward together. Mount Vernon isn’t the “Assasination City”. We are like every other municipality… every place has its issues. We are struggling to evolve in this COVID climate, and seeking to keep our city safe and viable. Bring solutions. We can heal our community.

  • This was a heinous and an intentionally shooting of a young girl who barely has a chance to survive!! WTF is going on??

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