MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A Manhattan man has been arraigned on murder charges for his role in a Mount Vernon shooting earlier this year.
On Friday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Bobby Jackson, 35, has been arraigned on a multiple-felony indictment for his role in a shooting near the intersection of Third Street and Second Avenue that took the life of a 42-year-old man in April.
According to McCarty, shortly before 5:30 p.m. on April 17, Jackson's victim was riding his bicycle on East 3rd Street when Jackson spotted him and began jogging toward him. After chasing him for two blocks, Jackson fired multiple shots at the victim, one of which struck him in the back.
The bullet entered the victim's back, "ripping through his kidney, colon, liver and a major artery to the lung." He proceeded to fall from his bicycle, hit his head on the concrete pavement and died within minutes.
Jackson has been charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.
In a statement following his arrest, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas commended the detectives and police department for swiftly apprehending their suspect following an intensive investigation.
"I commend the hard-working men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department for their swift action in making an arrest in the senseless murder of Charles Smith. Special thanks go out to our skilled police officers who conducted a thorough investigation and, once again, showed how critical they are to keeping our streets safe,” he said.
"It is our prayer that the family and friends of Mr. Smith can take solace in the commitment of our police department to remain vigilant and deliver justice. Our community stands with the Smith family in their time of grief we are working to end gun violence in our city."
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is due back in court on Tuesday, June 7. He faces between 15 and 25 years in prison.