New York Post

SHOT IN ID MIX-UP

SI mom & son 'unintended' attack victims

- By LORENA MONGELLI and SHAWN COHEN scohen@nypost.com

A minister and her teenage son who were shot and wounded on Christmas Day while riding in their car on Staten Island were apparently victims of mistaken identity, police sources said Tuesday.

Monique Hall, 42, managed to drive two blocks to her New Brighton home while bleeding before screaming for help to her husband inside as her son remained motionless next to her.

“I could’ve lost my wife and my son in one shot,” the shaken dad, Irvin Hall, told The Post on Tuesday.

Investigat­ors believe that the mom — a minister at the First Central Baptist Church on Wright Street — and son Dayvon, 19, may have been unintended victims and are searching for the shooter or shooters who fired on the pair.

The injured woman recalls that two people opened fire, the father recounted. Police said they aren’t ruling out the possibilit­y of more than one shooter.

“She made it to the house with [Dayvon] and she called 911 and I had to hold my child and he was bleeding,” Irvin Hall said breathless­ly at the family’s home.

“I didn’t know what’s going on,” he added.

“To be sitting in the house, waiting for them to come from the store, which is just normal — you went to the store — not where your wife is outside screaming and your son is in the car and can’t move.”

The mother was grazed on her back. The son was grazed on his forehead and hit by another bullet that went through his shoulder and remains inside his body.

“It’s behind his esophagus,” Irvin said. “They just want to make sure it’s not moving.”

The shooters’ SUV had begun tailing the mother and son as they drove away from a Jersey Street deli in their Nissan Sentra at 3:15 p.m.

Then suddenly, at a stop sign at Highview Avenue and Fillmore Street in New Brighton, the other car’s female driver stuck a gun out of the driver’s-side window and began shooting, the sources said. Some seven shots rang out. The mother has been discharged from Richmond University Medical Center, but the son, a senior at Tottenvill­e HS, remained thereon Tuesday.

“She had to speed off and then drive down a one-way street the wrong way to try to get away from them,” Irvin added of his wife’s frantic drive home.

“I just want folks to know [about my son that] he’s not a drug dealer or a gangbanger,” he added.

“This wasn’t no gang-related thing. This was mistaken identity,” he said. “It had to be.”

 ??  ?? OUT OF NOWHERE: Monique Hall and her son Dayvon (left, with his twin brother on right) were shot while in their Nissan Sentra (inset) in Staten Island on Christmas.
OUT OF NOWHERE: Monique Hall and her son Dayvon (left, with his twin brother on right) were shot while in their Nissan Sentra (inset) in Staten Island on Christmas.

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