The Yonkers Police Department announced the arrest of defendant James McNair, a 23-year-old resident of 127 Webster Avenue, Yonkers NY. McNair is alleged to have perpetrated two recent shooting incidents in the City of Yonkers, in both instances targeting the same victim, a 29 year old male resident of Yonkers NY.
On Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at approximately 1:42 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 373 Warburton Avenue on a report of a shooting incident. Subsequent investigation yielded that James McNair allegedly aimed a loaded firearm at the victim and attempted to cause his death by firing the weapon three times directly at him at close range with the intent to kill him. The victim was not injured during this incident.
On Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at approximately 12:36 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 296 Woodworth Avenue on a report of a shooting incident. Subsequent investigation yielded that James McNair allegedly aimed a loaded firearm at the same victim and attempted to cause his death by firing the weapon one time directly at him at close range with the intent to kill him. The bullet struck the victim’s body causing him to be hospitalized for an extended period of time with a serious physical injury to his back and leg.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to both scenes, interviewing subjects, canvassing for witnesses and surveillance video, and processing forensic and ballistic evidence. An intensive investigation utilizing multiple Yonkers Police resources established the identity of the shooter and reasonable cause to believe McNair perpetrated the above crimes, leading to his apprehension and arrest on January 23rd, 2018. Information yielded that McNair and the victim knew each other, and the shootings were the result of a dispute that escalated to violence.
“This defendant is accused of trying to shoot and kill a resident of Yonkers, not once but twice,” Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated. “His violent and criminal behavior posed a deadly threat to both the victim and innocent bystanders. Due to the tenacious work of our Police Officers and Detectives, he will now confront the full force of the law for his heinous acts; let this be a warning to others who dare to engage in violent conduct in our City.”
James McNair was booked on two counts of Attempted Murder 2°, a Class B Violent Felony in the NYS Penal Law. McNair has been arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail. The prosecution of this case is being managed by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.