Mount Vernon drive-by shooting target arraigned on gun charge

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The man whom police say was the target of Thursday's drive-by shooting in Mount Vernon was arraigned Thursday night on a weapons possession charge, authorities said Friday.

Dwayne Turner, 31, of New Rochelle, apparently knew the shooter in the Thursday morning attack near East Lincoln Avenue and Hutchinson Boulevard, said Pelham police Det. John Hynes. He had strapped on a bulletproof vest and carried a 9 mm handgun when he and his girlfriend drove up to the area.

At least three shots were fired at the couple's 2010 Ford Fusion about 9:20 a.m. Thursday. Turner's girlfriend, who was driving the car, sped away into nearby Pelham, and the couple was pulled over on Fourth Avenue after an officer noticed them running red lights, Hynes said.

Turner, who police say unsuccessfully tried to hide the handgun under the car's passenger seat, was arrested and later charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and the unlawful wearing of a body vest, Hynes said. He's being held at Westchester County Jail.

Turner's attorney, Brian Klein, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police are still looking for the person who shot at Turner's car.

The Mount Vernon police department referred media inquiries to city hall, which did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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