On Thursday evening, Sept. 29, at approximately 7:07 p.m. officers on patrol heard gunfire in the area of Washington Street and Clark Street. The Police Department was additionally alerted to gunshots by a SHOTSPOTTER activation in the area of the 100 block of Washington Street.
Arriving officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim was a 5-year-old child who had been riding his bicycle and sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
The second male victim was a 29-year-old City of Newburgh resident who had been shot multiple times. Both victims were transported in police cars to St. Luke’s Hospital, where the 29-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The child was airlifted to Westchester County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The identities of the victims, who are not related, will not be released at this time.
Police Commissioner Jose A. Gomerez visited with the child and his mother at the hospital and remarked “It is disheartening to see this child’s innocent face lying in a hospital bed, crying in pain. As a community we need to take a stand against gun violence and demand we put a stop to the trauma that continues to be inflicted on our children, our youth and our City.”
The criminal investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the City of Newburgh Detective Division at (845) 569-7509.