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Sep 5, 2019 10:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Say Flanders Shooter Turned Herself In

Sep 6, 2019 4:44 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 1 p.m.

Patchita Tennant has turned herself in to the Southampton Town Police Detective Division, according to a press release.

No other details were available.

UPDATE: Friday, 12 p.m.

During a press conference on Friday morning, Lieutenant Susan Ralph of the Southampton Town Police Department identified the 3-year-old girl as Vanessa Tennant-Mitchell.

Lt. Ralph said Vanessa was dropped off with a blood relative of Ms. Tennant some time during the night, though they have not established when, and shortly after an Amber Alert was issued at 7:26 a.m., the relative contacted police.

“This just proves that Amber Alerts are very beneficial, and through the use of social media, the police department, as well as putting it out through the media, this has been a successful conclusion and we did find the child safe,” Lt. Ralph said. ”We have also located the vehicle in the Suffolk County Police jurisdiction, and I can confirm that the vehicle has been found but Tennant has not been located.”

Police were notified of the shooting at 8:20 p.m., and after learning that Ms. Tennant fled with Vanessa — who she and Mr. Mitchell share custody of — the department began canvassing every area they knew of to try to find Ms. Tennant and her daughter.

After establishing that the child was not at any of those locations, Lt. Ralph said, the Amber Alert was issued.

She said detectives are currently trying to determine whether Ms. Tennant or Mr. Mitchell had a history of domestic violence, but confirmed that the child was in a “very supportive family relationship.”

Details of the shooting are still being investigated, but Lt. Ralph said Mr. Mitchell was shot numerous times and the gun has been recovered.

Just before the incident, she said, Ms. Tennant was seen in a “very agitated” state.

Ms. Tennant is described as a 42-year-old African American woman with braided hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt.

“We want to tell the public that if they do come across her, use extreme caution,” Lt. Ralph said. “Please dial 9-1-1 and give the location where you’re at. If she does leave the location, please give the direction of travel.”

UPDATE: Friday 10 a.m.

The Amber Alert has been cancelled, according to police, and the 3-year-old child has been located and is safe.

UPDATE: Friday, 9 a.m.

An Amber Alert was issued on Friday morning, following an incident that occurred the night before, resulting in the victim being flown to an area hospital with gunshot wounds.

In a press release, Southampton Town Police identified the shooting victim as Andrew Mitchell, 46, of Flanders.

When officers arrived at the scene on Thursday night, police said, Mr. Mitchell was conscious and alert, and was able to tell them that the mother of his child, Patchita Tennant, 42, of Riverhead, had shot him three times during a domestic dispute.

Police said Ms. Tennant fled the area with their 3-year-old daughter and has not been seen since.

The Southampton Town Police Detective Division is investigating the incident, and said Ms. Tennant was last seen driving a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe with a license plate number of HUS7151.

Police warn anyone who comes in contact with Ms. Tennant to use “extreme caution.”

Police also ask anyone who has information about Ms. Tennant or the incident to call them at 631-728-3400, noting all tips will remain anonymous.


A man was airlifted to the hospital on Thursday night after being shot at a home in Flanders, police said.

Southampton Town Police reported that the 46-year-old man was shot at a residence on Pleasure Drive at approximately 8:20 p.m.

When emergency crews arrived, the victim, who at this time has not been identified, was conscious and alert.

He was taken by Suffolk County medevac to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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