YONKERS, NY — July 4, 2020 — On Friday, July 3rd, 2020, at approximately 6:19 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to a single-family residence at 31 Oakland Avenue on a report of shots fired with a victim down. Upon arrival Patrol and Emergency Service Unit officers located an unresponsive female down on the ground on the front lawn of the home; at the same time a male suspect present at the scene was taken into custody without incident. The female victim was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. Police cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, canvassed for surveillance video, and processed forensic and ballistic evidence. Investigation has yielded that the suspect and victim were siblings and lived together with their elderly mother at location; they were apparently engaged in a dispute over property inside the home and then on the front lawn. The dispute escalated to violence when the suspect displayed a handgun and a struggle ensued; the suspect then allegedly pointed the handgun at his sister and fired one time, striking her in the neck resulting in her death. The suspect remained at the scene and police recovered an illegally possessed .38 caliber revolver. Several witnesses to the event were interviewed, and the suspect did provide a statement to investigators. The elderly mother was taken to a local area hospital for evaluation. The investigation remains open and on-going.
The suspect is identified as Jeffrey HIRSCHORN, a 61-year-old resident of Yonkers. HIRSCHORN was charged with one count of Murder 2, a Class A-I Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law; and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2, a Class C Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. HIRSCHORN was lodged overnight in the Yonkers City Jail and is expected to be arraigned on Saturday, July 4th. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
The victim is identified as Leslie Hirschorn, a 54-year-old resident of Yonkers. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Hirschorn.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: Yonkers Police Department Communications Det. Lt. Dean Politopoulis | Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller