Two Shot in Westchester Likely Victims of Mistaken Identity by Gang Member(s)


Westchester police responded about 9:00 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting with two people shot. A woman and her male cousin, both age 24, suffered gunshot wounds outside a home near Devonshire Devonshire Street and Newcastle Avenue. Both gunshot victims are expected to survive after thirty shots were fired in their direction while they were pulling out of a driveway in a gray Mercedes-Benz. Neighbors initially thought the gunshots were fireworks.

The shooter was in a dark sedan, according to Westchester Police Chief Steven Stelter.

After the two were shot, they were able to get into the house, where a family member dialed 911. The female shooting victim was shot at least three times and was in surgery for most of the night Tuesday to Wednesday morning. The man sustained apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the shooting involves a case of mistaken identity by gang members where gang activity is not uncommon.

The male and female victim were likely not the target, but the intended target is someone who visits the house often, police said.

“No, we don’t see gangs in Westchester,” Police Chief Stelter said. “We do deal with gang members because we have communities that surround us with gang populations and they do pass through town.”

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