MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon remains in a state of shock following a Christmas Day shooting that left club owner O’Neal Bandoo dead and five others injured.
On Monday, “ career ” criminal Errol Hillary, 39, was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge after he took out a gun and opened fire at the Mansion on North 3rd Avenue as it was clearing out for the night following last call.
According to police, the shooting took place after security attempted to escort an enraged Hillary from the club’s holiday party. Two of his victims were hospitalized and released over the holiday weekend, while three remain in stable condition at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Police are currently interviewing witnesses and evaluating surveillance video as the investigation continues.
Hillary did not enter a plea to the second-degree murder charge in Mount Vernon City Court on Monday and is being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail. The Bronx native is due back in court on Friday, the same day his victim will reportedly be laid to rest.
“The recent nightclub shooting in Mount Vernon, which claimed one life and injured another five people is just the latest in a very long list of terrible gun related tragedies across our great country,” Congressman Eliot Engel stated. “I hope those responsible are met with swift justice, and I want to thank our brave first responders who quickly sprang into action upon hearing the chaos.”
Hillary had been arrested twice in the past for a pair of shooting incidents, and was reportedly out on $200,000 bond while facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man in the Bronx earlier this year.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas praised the police department, which was on the scene within seconds of the shooting, as well as the fire department and Empress Ambulance who provided additional support.
“No one should ever have to endure this pain,” he said in a statement on Christmas Day. “Mr. Bandoo was a good man who was dedicated to uplifting and serving the people of Mount Vernon. This double loss hurts and will hang heavy in our hearts.”