Mount Vernon man, 23, shot in buttocks; gunman sought
A man was recovering Thursday after being grazed in the buttocks by a bullet during an altercation in Mount Vernon on Wednesday night.
The shooting took place while the 23-year-old victim was walking a little after 6 p.m. in the area of 70 W. Third St. Multiple shots were fired, according to a statement from the office of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was grazed by a bullet, officials said. He then jumped in a van and went to his aunt's house at 328 S. Second Ave., where he was located by police, officials said.
Some residents were critical of the police response.
Vaughn Scott, the victim's aunt, said police surrounded her house for hours while they waited for a search warrant. When police entered, she told News12, "They had all of us lined up in the living room. They searched everybody."
Neighbor Corey Marrow also told News12: "I felt like I was being held hostage for 3 1/2 hours. They busted into my house, 15 deep. They searched my house, searched everybody in my house, would not let nobody leave for 3 1/2 hours."
The shooting victim was treated by Emergency Medical Service workers and refused to go to the hospital for treatment, News12 reported.
Police are looking for the gunman. No arrests have been made. No information on the reason for the altercation, or whether the victim was targeted, was immediately available.
Anyone with information is asked to call Mount Vernon police detectives at 914-665-2510. An anonymous tips line is also available at 914-665-2588.