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Mount Vernon Nightclub Shooting Update: One Confirmed Dead, Five Injured

The Mansion at 4 North 3rd Avenue in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Google Maps
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas, in a file photo. Photo Credit: File photo

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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- One person was killed, five others injured and a suspect has been apprehended after an early Christmas morning shooting at a Mount Vernon nightclub.

Reports that a second person died are unconfirmed by the Mount Vernon Police Department, Mayor Richard Thomas' office said in a statement at 9:50 p.m. Sunday.

The individual who was previously reported to be deceased is recovering after extensive surgery at Jacobi Medical Center, the mayor's office said.

Shots were fired at around 4:26 a.m. Christmas morning after the club's owner, O'Neil Bandoo, 36, kicked out a group of partygoers. The suspect, a Bronx man whose identity is expected to be released Monday, reportedly then returned and opened fire in the lobby. Security guards helped Mount Vernon police officers, who were on patrol nearby, tackle the suspect as he tried to flee.

The others involved in the shooting remain hospitalized and in stable condition, the mayor's office said.

"Mr. Bandoo was a good man who was dedicated to uplifting and serving the people of Mount Vernon," Thomas said, adding the incident in the pre-dawn hours "hurts and will hang heavy in our hearts this holiday season.”

Thomas described the suspect as "a career criminal from New York City, currently out on bail from a May 15th attempted murder charge in the Bronx."

An extensive investigation is continuing of the shootings is continuing, Thomas said.

Bandoo leaves behind a wife and six children.

“It's a dark day in the city and we are all grieving," Thomas said.

“This is no way for anyone to spend Christmas, ever," Thomas said. "We must pray for the victims who are being treated in local hospitals for their injuries. While our police maintain a vigilant presence, this random yet retaliatory act rises to the level of domestic terror. The city will take all necessary steps to review public safety at late-night locations.”

"Thank God that our police were on the scene and were able to apprehend the suspect. We thank our public safety officers particularly our partners at Empress Ambulance who rapidly responded to administer aid, as well as our Fire Department who provided additional support.

"We also thank the Westchester District Attorney for being on hand to ensure a dose of Strong Justice will be served. Grief counselors will remain available to all who need an additional outlet for consolation. The scumbag that committed this brutal crime must be penalized to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Mansion is known for hosting wedding receptions, concerts, sweet 16's and baby showers.

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