Mount Vernon proclaims the arrest of suspect David Hardy within the Shamoya McKenzie Capturing. Ricky Flores/Lohud

McKenzie, thirteen, was shot and killed on New Yr’s Eve. Authorities stated Tuesday that she was the unintended sufferer of gang-associated gunfire.

MOUNT VERNON — An area man faces a second-diploma homicide cost for allegedly firing the stray bullet that killed thirteen-yr-previous Shamoya McKenzie in Mount Vernon on New Yr’s Eve.

David Hardy, 21, additionally faces a cost of second-diploma felony possession of a weapon in what authorities stated was a gang-associated capturing. Officers stated they anticipated Hardy would additionally faces costs of tried homicide tied to his meant goal.

He made an preliminary look early Tuesday afternoon in Mount Vernon Metropolis Courtroom and is due again in courtroom Feb. 2.

In line with the felony grievance filed within the case, Hardy was aiming for an additional individual, Prince Scott, and fired a number of occasions at him with a 9mm firearm.

McKenzie was a passenger in a car that was touring close to the 300 block of East Third Road in the midst of the afternoon when she was struck within the head. She was pronounced lifeless shortly after at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital.

Hardy was ordered held on the Westchester County Jail pending additional courtroom proceedings; his assigned lawyer, Peter St. George Davis, didn’t argue for bail right now.

Decide William Edwards stated in courtroom that like McKenzie, he had attended Graham Elementary Faculty. He stated McKenzie’s loss has affected many within the metropolis.

“It touches a bunch of us proper in our hearts,” he stated.

Hardy was introduced out for his courtroom look sporting grey sweatpants and a darkish grey/inexperienced hooded sweatshirt. He had a few tears on his face. As he walked out and in of courtroom he seemed again at a lady who had recognized herself to reporters as his girlfriend.

After courtroom, Davis cautioned towards leaping to conclusions, saying he does not consider authorities have any bodily proof that ties Hardy to the capturing. He stated he hopes the media consideration does not poison a possible jury pool.

“I attempt instances in courtroom, not within the courtroom of public opinion,” he stated. “He is nonetheless harmless till confirmed responsible.”

Hardy additionally faces a misdemeanor cost of second-diploma aggravated harassment stemming from an incident in Mount Vernon on Dec. 29, by which he allegedly threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her father, officers stated.

Authorities stated at a noon information convention that Hardy — who was on parole for a 2012 theft conviction — had headed to the North Carolina space instantly after the capturing, and had simply returned to the town earlier than his arrest this weekend in Mount Vernon.

McKenzie’s mother stood behind the mayor and district attorney at the news conference. Her family also…