Officials tell BW he was shot under his armpit and the bullet traveled through his heart.
Officials say the victim appears to have been targeted. No arrests have been made, News 12 reported.
Organizers of The Arts on Third Festival which was attended by many children, families and seniors were concerned about early weather reports that called for rain and thunderstorms Sunday, ended up with a nice day weather wise.
“Violence disrupted an otherwise good peaceful event,” Dwayne Brown, President of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce tells News 12
While we could not find anyone to corroborate, there was word of possibly another victim being shot, from those in attendance.
“We are saddened, shocked and appalled by the violence that occurred this evening at the Mount Vernon Festival billed as Arts on Third,” The Mount Vernon Arts Council said in a statement that stated despite spearheading the annual festival since its inception in 1999, they were not involved in this year’s festivities.
We reached out to Mayor Richard Thomas who we are told was on stage at the time of the shooting and quickly ushered away from the scene safely by his detail,
“Tonight’s shooting was an isolated criminal act that contributed to a loss of life,” Mayor Thomas tells BW. “The deceased individual appears to have been targeted and was not the victim of a random act of violence. The entire City of Mount Vernon mourns for the deceased’s family, friends, and loved ones. The Mount Vernon Police Department, in collaboration with other emergency services, had an overwhelming presence at the festival.”
The investigation remains on-going and further details will be released as they become available. BW will keep you informed in this developing story.