Mount Vernon – A Mount Vernon man was shot three times in a store on South Columbus Avenue, near the corner of Elliot Street, approximately 9:45 Friday night.
The victim – identified to BW as Brandon Preston by a family member – was taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon hospital where he was pronounced dead. His murder shocked the city of Mount Vernon and devastated those closest to him. He left behind two children.
While details are still sketchy the incident took place directly across the street from the newly-renovated Graham Elementary School grounds, that was unveiled June 15th, with a bench (donated by Trusco Garden Supply), dedicated to the memory of Shamoya McKenzie, the 13-year-old girl’s basketball star who was shot and killed in the city on New Year’s Eve.
Residents nearby say they heard as many as four to five shots. We are told police believe they have identified the shooter, and he has since left the city and gone somewhere down south. No further info on the shooter is available at this time as it still an open investigation.
Also Friday there was another shooting in Mount Vernon at the Bungalow Bar located at 523 So. Fulton Ave. All we know so far is the club was empty except for two bartenders and possibly the owner and when the bouncer opened the door he was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.
Several people called BW to inform us about a stabbing as well that took place Friday night but we were not able to get any detail to confirm or deny this incident took place.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more details on these developing stories as they become available.
Story updated Monday, August 14th at 5:16 P.M.