Police say a New York City man wanted for attempted murder opened fire at a nightclub in a suburb of Westchester County early Sunday, killing the club from co-owner and injuring five other people.
The Journal News reported that the unknown suspect initially escaped after being addressed by the security at the Mansion night club, but was soon arrested by the police.
“It is a dark day in our city,” Mayor Richard Thomas told the newspaper. “Today is a day we are supposed to spend with our family, not out of compassion. No person and no family should ever have a Christmas like this.”
Researchers say that the defendant can be ejected from the club shortly before the shooting, which took place at around 4:30 pm first day of christmas. The Journal News reported that the bars and nightclubs in Westchester County are required to close not later than 4 hours
Police Captain Edward Adinaro said Mansion night club owner of O’neal Bandoo and the other victims, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, were found in the lobby and on the street outside the club.
Witness Cleveland Deaf, told the newspaper that Bandoo was with him on the second floor of the club when he heard gunshots and went to investigate.
“He died on the spot,” said the Deaf, who estimated that there were approximately 200 people in the club at the time of the shooting. “I just heard shots, I heard lots of photos.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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