Mount Vernon police are investigating a shooting that took place at about 1:45 a.m. today outside of a bar on Fifth Avenue.
The incident, which left four people injured, took place outside of the Garden Bar & Grill, located 766 South Fifth Avenue.
The victims were a 28-year-old man who received a gunshot wound to his in femoral artery, located in the upper thigh; a 32-year-old man who was grazed in his righ thigh, possible by a ricocheted bullet; a 17-year-old female who was shot in his calf and his left thigh, resulting in a broken femur; and a 38-year-old man who was hit in his right arm.
Police think the 28-year-old victim, who underwent surgery today, was the intended target of the crime. They made that statement during a press conference that was held earlier today, according to LoHud.
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis released the following in a statement: “Recently we have seen an increase in New York City party promoters coming into Mount Vernon. While there is no evidence at this time of this being the case in last night’s shootings, there have been too many incidences of this being the case this summer. We want to send the message that Mount Vernon will not be the path of least resistance for those eager to seek retribution or those ready to make a fast buck. We will vigorously monitor these types of parties that reduce quality of life in this community. The mixture of guns and alcohol are a lethal combination – a mixture we already have too much of and the results of which Mount Vernon bears the burden of overcoming negative publicity. We’re calling on the community to help us monitor these types of activities so that we can prevent possible tragic outcomes that erode at our quality of life.”