Police say a New York City man out on bail on an attempted murder charge opened fire in a nightclub in a suburb of Westchester County early Sunday, killing two people — including the club’s co-owner and the wounding of four other people.
The Journal News reported that the unknown suspect initially escaped after being addressed by the security at the Mansion nightclub in Mount Vernon, 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.”
One of the victims was identified as a Townhouse, a co-owner of O’neal Badoo. Thomas said that the name of the second deceased victim was withheld until relatives have been informed.
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
The mayor said that the “random is still the concern that the” shoot “rises to the level of domestic terror,” according to the Journal News. Thomas’ spokesperson later clarified that the mayor was referring to the “feeling of fear” in the city, which is located just north of the Bronx.
Police Captain Edward Adinaro said the victims 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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