Expectant father shot and killed in Mt. Vernon

Officials say the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Shomari Knox occurred at around 5 a.m. Wednesday at South Ninth Avenue and West Third Street.Residents say they heard three shots fired, followed by a loud

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2008, 11:55 PM

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Expectant father shot and killed in Mt. Vernon
Officials say the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Shomari Knox occurred at around 5 a.m. Wednesday at South Ninth Avenue and West Third Street.Residents say they heard three shots fired, followed by a loud bang. Officials say the bang was the sound of a minivan slamming into a parked car. The minivan was sprayed with bullets and Knox was found inside. Witnesses say Knox may have been shot in the neck and may have choked on his own blood.According to residents, Knox was about to become a father and the family recently had a baby shower.Another shooting occurred Aug. 8 a few blocks from Wednesday?s incident. Police say the two shootings do not appear related, though they are not ruling anything out.No arrests have been made in either case.Mt. Vernon officials say they?re launching a plan to help stop violence in the area.?Guns are too readily available and young people are too readily eager to possess these guns,? said Police Commissioner David Chong.The latest incident marks the seventh murder in Mt. Vernon this year.
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