Update- 1:25 p.m.: Patchita Tennant has turned herself in to the Southampton Town Police detective division, police said in a press release this afternoon. No further information was provided.
Police have canceled the Amber Alert issued this morning for Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell, 3, who was located unharmed at the home of a relative.
The child’s mother, Patchita Tennant, 42, who is wanted in the shooting of Andrew Mitchell, 46, last night at his Flanders home, remains at large, according to Southampton Town Police Lt. Susan Ralph.
Tennant’s SUV has been located within the Suffolk County Police District, Ralph said. She would not give a specific location.
Mitchell has been hospitalized for treatment of his gunshot wounds, the lieutenant said. His injuries were serious in nature but not expected to be life-threatening, she said. Ralph also declined to disclose the location of the hospital. The victim was airlifted by a Suffolk Medevac helicopter last night from the Crohan Community Center. Stony Brook University Hospital, the regional trauma center, said this morning all inquiries about Mitchell’s condition should be directed to law enforcement authorities.
Anyone who comes into contact with Tennant is urged to use extreme caution, Ralph said. The weapon believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered inside Mitchell’s home on Pleasure Drive, she said, but it is not known if Tennant has any other weapons. Her state of mind was “agitated” prior to the incident last night, Ralph said.
The couple shared custody of the child and lived together intermittently, according to police. Tennant is currently residing at another home in Riverhead.
An argument broke out last night that ended in gunshots being fired by Tennant, police said. She then fled the house with her daughter. The victim called 911 at 8:20 p.m. and was conscious and alert upon police arrival. Mitchell was able to tell officers that the mother of his child had shot him during a domestic dispute.
Anyone with information please contact Southampton Town Police Department at 631-728-3400. All calls will remain confidential, police said.
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