With three shootings occurring within a span of just 48 hours, the Yonkers Police Department is working to address these criminal actions and prevent violence among minors.
The most recent shooting took place on the south side of Yonkers Tuesday afternoon. It marks the third shooting in that area within the past 24 hours. The victim, who police suspect was targeted in the attack, was shot in both legs outside Palisade Towers at 1-8 Schroeder Street. The victim is expected to survive the his injuries. Within hours, YPD arrested two teenaged males; charging them with the attack.
Tuesday’s incident follows two other broad daylight shootings the day before. The first shooting on Monday occurred around 2:00 p.m. when a man was shot in the leg at his residence on West Delano Avenue. As the victim currently recovers in hospital, investigators have determined it was not a random attack.
The second shooting occurred approximately an hour later. Reports of multiple gunshots fired led police to the intersection of Riverdale Avenue and Morris Street. While no injuries or property damage were reported, a person of interest has been taken into custody in connection with this incident.
Yonkers law enforcement officials have stated that the three shootings do not appear to be connected. The police are actively investigating each case to identify the motives and individuals involved.
Shootings Follow Calls For Increased Vigilance
This week’s shootings follow the recent charges of two minors in connection with the death of 16-year-old Pharrell Aguasvivas from the Bronx. In that case, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano expressed hope that those arrests would discourage youth violence in local communities. Similarly, Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza emphasized the need for improved guidance for young individuals.
As the Yonkers community grapples with these recent incidents, law enforcement officials are urging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities.