The shooting victim is placed onto a Suffolk Police Medevac helicopter by a Flanders-Northampton Ambulance crew at the community center on Flanders Road last night.
Photo: Susan Tocci

(Last updated: 11:40 a.m.) Police have located Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell, 3, unharmed at the home of a relative. Her mother, Patchita Tennant, 42, of Riverhead, remains at large. See story.

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Southampton Town Police are looking for a Riverhead woman wanted for shooting a man at a home on Pleasure Drive in Flanders following a domestic dispute.

An Amber Alert has been issued for the couple’s 3-year-old child, who was taken by the woman as she fled the scene last night.

Police said in a press release this morning they received a 911 call at about 8:20 last night from the shooting victim, whom they identified as Andrew Mitchell, 46. Mitchell was shot multiple times, but was conscious and alert and was able to tell officers that the mother of his child had shot him during an argument.

Patchita Tennant, 42, of Riverhead, fled the area with their daughter Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell and has not been located.

Police warned that anyone who comes in contact with Tennant should use extreme caution.

Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell, age 3, was abducted by Patchita (aka Patricia) Tennant, left, after the child’s father was shot multiple times during a domestic dispute last night, according to Southampton Town Police, who issued an Amber Alert this morning.

Mitchell was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital last night. No information about his condition was immediately available.

Police this morning issued an Amber Alert for the child, whom they identified as 3-year-old Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell, a black female, approximately 2 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds, with braided, black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue pants, black sneakers.

According to the Amber Alert, the child was abducted by Patchita (aka Patricia) Tennant, a black female, approximately 42 years old, with braided, black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing gray sweatsuit.

Tennant was last seen on Pleasure Drive driving a gray 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with NY license plate number HUS7151, according to the alert.

“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death,” the alert said.

Riverhead Town Police were dispatched to a house on Segal Avenue last night to look for the suspect, who was not located there.

Anyone with information please contact Southampton Town Police Department at 631-728-3400. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

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