Fired Hudson Valley Professor Shot 2 Men in Act of Revenge, Officials say
A fired Hudson Valley professor is accused of shooting two men, including his former boss, in an apparent act of revenge.
Hengjun Chao, 49, of Tuckahoe was charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder, a felony.
Chao, a former professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, allegedly fired shots from a shotgun, hitting two men near the Lange’s Little Store deli in Chappaqua. The deli is just a mile away from the New York home of Hillary and Bill Clinton.
One of the victims was 65-year-old Dr. Dennis S. Charney, of Chappaqua. Charney is the Dean at Mount Sinai, the New York Times reports. Police say, Chareny was shot as he walked on the sidewalk after leaving the deli.
The second victim, a 56-year-old man from Chappaqua was hit by a shotgun shot that passed through the front window of the deli, officials say. The name of the second victim isn't being released.
Both victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Chao was found by authorities in a parking lot across the street from the shooting. New Castle Police allegedly recovered a loaded shotgun in his vehicle.
According to the New York Times, Chao joined Mount Sinai as a research assistant professor in 2002. He was terminated for research misconduct in 2009.
When questioned if the shooting was an act of revenge New Castle Chief of Police Charles Ferry told the New York Times, “It would seem to be. I think he came up here intent on shooting someone.”
Chao is being held at Westchester County Jail without bail.