WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Police say a 16-year-old White Plains resident landed in the Westchester Medical Center with two bullet wounds after a dispute with two Westchester teens erupted on Sept. 2.
Police said it's hard to describe what prompted the dispute and when Dominique Hospie, 18, and Juan Gell, 18, began to clash with the victim. Det. Lt. Eric Fischer, who commands the detective division, said the department believes Hospie fired off three shots, two of which hit the victim as he was walking through Delfino Park with two friends.
Both suspects were charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree criminal use of a firearm. All three charges are felonies.
Fischer said the first-degree assault charge was appropriate because there was "no indication that they were trying to kill him."
Lake Street businesses and residents called 911 after hearing the three gun shots. Police then found the young man, whose name has not been released because he's a minor, on the ground near 92 Lake St.
First responders' quick response, particularly a tourniquet tied around the victim's leg by Michael Dawson, helped save the 16-year-old's life, according to Public Safety Commissioner David Chong.
The victim, who was brought to the Westchester Medical Center for treatment, was released over the weekend.
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