Black Westchester has been informed there were two separate shooting in the City of Mount Vernon in under 24 hours. We received numerous from residents.
Jesse Van Lew founder of Save Mount Vernon when asked about the shooting discussed the need to address gun violence in the city after coming from the 3rd Avenue shooting.
“Mount Vernon leadership where are yall,” Jesse Van Lew shared with Black Westchester. “What are you going to do about it. I have been asking for a gun buy back for the last two years. Yonkers has one all year round. We have a major problem with all the unsolved murders. We just hired two deputy police commissioners, where are they? City Council where you at? Until you address it, its going to get worst. they are out here shooting like its the OK Coral. There are out there shooting because they know they can. Where is are leadership, the mayor, the police commissioner and the city council where are at. the city leadership needs to step up, come together and address the problem and put some policies in place to end the senseless gun violence in our streets. Do what you have to do to get these guns off the street.”
Jesse also post a live video on his Facebook page with more of the same sentiment, see his life video here.
The first shooting was believed to have taken place in or near Hartley Park, Tuesday night. A 20-year-old Hispanic male, Julio Carreto from the Bronx was shot in the chest, shortly after 7PM.
We reached out to MVPD Commissioner Glenn Scott and here is the information provided by the Mount Vernon Police Department on the two shootings.
Mount Vernon Police Officers are currently investigating a shooting which occurred on August 25, 2020 possibly in the area of Hartley Park.
On yesterday, August 26, 2020, at approximately 7:05pm, Mount Vernon Police Officers responded to the area of Hartley Park on a reported shots fired. Upon arrival, emergency dispatch informed officers that a victim was transported to Mount Vernon Hospital emergency room( Montefiore). Evidence confirming shooting was located at Hartley Park. As officers arrived at the hospital, a male Hispanic later identified as Julio Carreto (06-13-00) was located with a gunshot wound to the chest. Victim was conscious and alert at time of investigation. Medical staff informed officers that injury was non-life threatening. Carreto was transported to Jacobi Medical Center for further treatment.
Mr. Carreto is currently listed as “Stable” according to Medical Staff. No arrest have been made at this time.
The second shooting, while there is very little information happened Wednesday at a house in the vicinity if South Third Avenue and West Fifth Street. Black Westchester has been informed no one was hit but the shooting scared several people sitting in their homes
This is an ongoing investigation and all information cannot be disseminated at this time.
I will be giving you a timeline of the events which occurred on August 26, 2020 at approx. 1238hrs.
• On August 26, 2020 at approx. 1238hrs, Officers responded to area of 357 So. 2nd Ave on a reported shots fired.
• Upon arrival officers offered observed evidence confirming shots fired report
• Residential property damage as a result of gunfire
• Area hospitals notified and no reported victims located
• Crime scene processed and investigation ongoing.
“We are requesting your news outlet to assist in providing this information to the public,” Steven L. Sexton, MVPD Deputy Chief of Operations said to with Black Westchester via email.
The Mount Vernon Police Department is asking the public, if there is any information to assist in this investigation please call the Mount Vernon Police Department Detective Division at 914-665-2510.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.