4 injured in Yonkers gang-related drive-by shooting, police say; several in custody

Northern Suburbs

UPDATE: Police on Saturday said three suspects had been arrested and charged in the drive-by shooting, including a 17-year-old suspected gunman.


YONKERS, NY — Four people were injured in a Yonkers drive-by shooting on Thursday, police said.

The gunshot victims were wounded near Elm Street and Oak Street around 4:15 p.m., a Yonkers Police Department spokesperson said. He urged people to avoid the area.

Video obtained by police shows the shooter, head sticking out of a rear vehicle window, open fire on people on the corner.

Police Commissioner John Mueller said the incident appears to be related to gang activity and was not a random act of violence.

Officials said Thursday night that there were “several persons of interest in custody” and also recovered a firearm from the scene.

The most seriously injured victim, a woman, was shot in the liver and the leg, police said. Two other victims, both men, were shot: one in the calf and the other in the ankle. The fourth victim, also a man, was hit by shrapnel.

All four victims are over the age of 18.

Investigators recovered shell casings at the scene, which is near where a 6-year-old boy was shot in April.

“There’s just this explosion of gun violence,” Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller said at the scene.

Mayor Mike Spano said there’s been a movement in recent years away from being tough on crime. He called for lawmakers in Albany to do more to communicate with those on the front lines.

“There’s a body count on Elm Street of those who’ve been shot and that’s unacceptable,” he said.

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