YONKERS, NY — September 8, 2019 — On Sunday, September 8th, 2019, at approximately 1:48am, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the front entrance of 73-83 Highland Avenue on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers located a 12-year-old male victim down on the ground with an apparent single gunshot wound to the neck; first responders immediately rendered medical aid to the boy and transported him to a local area trauma center where is currently undergoing surgery and is listed in serious but stable condition. Officers cordoned off the scene and a criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Digital Forensics Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, processing forensic and ballistic evidence, and recovering surveillance video. Preliminary investigation has yielded that the victim, who does not reside at the location, was with a group of other young people in front of the building when a vehicle pulled-up on Highland Avenue from which two perpetrators emerged, both allegedly firing a single shot each in the direction of the group which was located some distance away; the victim was struck by one of these shots. The perpetrators then fled the scene in the same vehicle.
Multiple investigators are actively working at this time to identify and apprehend both perpetrators and determine the motivations for this incident; the Yonkers Police Department will commit every available resource towards that end. Detectives and Police Officers will be canvassing the area throughout the day developing information. The victim’s family has been notified and is cooperating with police. The investigation is in the early stages and additional information may be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.
SOURCE: Yonkers Police Department Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos | Yonkers Police Department Communications Officer