MOUNT VERNON, NY — July 3, 2015 — At approximately 1:15 pm today, a man was shot and seriously injured near the “Richard Thomas for Mt. Vernon Mayor” headquarters, located at 133 S. 4th Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY 10550.
Councilman and mayoral candidate Richard Thomas issued the following statement regarding the heroic acts of Thomas for Mayor Campaign Manager Roberta James in keeping everyone safe and rescuing the victim:
“Thank you to Roberta James for protecting the children, ensuring all staff was safe, as well as rescuing and attending to the victim who was shot nearby,” said Thomas.
“Roberta’s courage and selfless act saved a life and countless others who were in the cross hairs of harms way. Roberta is a hero.
“This shooting underscores the brazen disrespect these criminals have for the law in Mt. Vernon. They should not feel comfortable in our community to behave this way. This is why we are here and working hard reclaim our streets, kids, and community to uplift and revitalize Mt. Vernon,” said Thomas.
Ms. James said, “We need to end this. We need to protect our kids. We need to change our c
ity and make the community safer. This is why we need real leadership in City Hall to strengthen public safety and keep our families safe.”
With respect to rescuing the victim, she added, “It was instinct. I acted fast to secure the situation and I thank God that it wasn’t fatal and the kids are safe.”