Errol Hillary, the man accused of gunning down a popular Mount Vernon nightclub owner on Christmas Day and wounding five other men, pleaded not guilty Thursday, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
The Bronx resident, 41, who did not speak during the arraignment before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court, is accused of killing O'Neil Bandoo and injuring five others following an argument around 4:30 a.m., Dec. 25, 2016, inside the Mansion at 4 N. Third Ave.
He is charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, five counts of second-degree attempted murder, four counts of assault and one count of second-degree assault, all felonies, Scarpino said.
According to the indictment, Hillary entered the nightclub where a Christmas party was being held. While inside, he became agitated and began to cause a disturbance. When security asked him to leave, Hillary began to fight with two members of the security team as they tried to drag him out the front door.
Bandoo, the owner of the club, was standing outside with another man, a friend of Hillary's, when they heard the commotion, the indictment said.
The two men entered the club and asked Hillary to leave. That's when he walked toward the front door, pulled out a 9mm handgun and began shooting back into the hallway from the threshold of the door, Scarpino said.
Bandoo was shot one time in the chest killing him. Five other men were shot and seriously wounded in the hallway, some of whom suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the indictment said.
The indictment says Hillary then attempted to run away at which point he was tackled to the ground in front of the club. During the struggle, the defendant dropped his gun. He was able to break free at which point two other members of the club’s security detail tackled the defendant preventing him from grabbing the gun back.
The defendant again managed to break free and run. He was chased by Mount Vernon police officers who placed him under arrest, the indictment said.
Hillary, who is being held without bond in jail, is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 28.