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Suspect Apprehended In Drive-By Westchester Shooting

Phillip Ballinger Jr. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Police Department
South 2nd Avenue in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A Westchester man has been arrested and charged in connection to a drive-by shooting that sent a man to the hospital earlier this month.

A 41-year-old man was shot on South 2nd Avenue in Mount Vernon at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 while he was sitting on his front porch listening to music. Mount Vernon Police Chief Richton Ziadie said the man was approached and shot twice in the neck.

Police said that the investigation determined that the shooting was a targeted action and not random. The man who was shot is in stable condition at a local hospital.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, Mount Vernon resident Phillip Ballinger Jr., 23, was arrested for his alleged role in the incident, and he was charged with first-degree assault. Ziadie noted that this arrest is unrelated to Tuesday’s shooting incident, which remains under investigation.

“The Mount Vernon Police Department will not tolerate these senseless acts of violence in our city,” Ziadie said. “The men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department work vigorously to bring justice to anyone committing these crimes.” 

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