Exclusive footage shows scene of Mount Vernon shooting
News 12 has obtained exclusive surveillance footage of two teenagers who were injured in a Mount Vernon shooting this weekend.
According to Mount Vernon city officials, Tommy Guest, 18, and his cousin, Jarred Collins, 16, were walking home when shots were fired in what they're calling an "unprovoked shooting." Guest was hit in the leg and Collins suffered a broken leg as he tried to run from the gunfire.
The footage shows the two teens walking home from the party. They walk into a gas station convenience store in the area of West First Street just after 1 a.m. on Sunday. A car can be seen making a U-turn into the gas station parking lot. Then, the two victims can be seen running from the store as a person emerges from the car with his arm out in shooting posture.
"They were walking home from this party just steps from their home, when someone pulled up and asked them a question they couldn't answer it," said Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard.
Family and friends told News 12 the teens are honor students who play football for Mount Vernon High School. High school senior Guest, who was also prom king in May, received a full academic scholarship to Stony Brook University for the fall. Collins, who will be going into his junior year at Mount Vernon High, is also a high honor roll athlete.
"These are model kids, high honor roll, involved in sports, involved in music and arts, very, very close-knit families, yet they still fell victim to violence," Patterson-Howard said.
Both were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx in stable condition.
Mount Vernon police said a car that was occupied by several people was also struck with gunfire multiple times. Investigators said no one in the car was injured.
In the meantime, city officials and community leaders discussed the incident on a social media forum and said everyone needs to step up to stop this type of violence.
"You still have a few bad apples who want to spoil the bunch and we trying to weed them out and get them help they need, and if they don't want to be helped, we're going to hold them accountable for their actions," said Derrick Thompson, of the Mount Vernon City Council.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Detective Division at 914-665-2510.