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Suspect in custody in connection with fatal shooting near Penn Station

A person linked with a fatal shooting near New York’s Penn Station transportation hub was taken into custody Thursday, according to New York City Police.

Vincent Arcona, 27, who sought a psychiatric evaluation at a Bronx hospital, had been identified as a person of interest in the shooting that left two injured and one dead Monday. The shooting started a huge manhunt.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie confirmed that the suspect was being held Thursday, but they did not say whether it was Arcona or not, USA Today reports. Police said that Arcona was not charged or arrested. According to Reuters, police said he was not the accused shooter, but they did not say what role he had in the incident.

Arcona walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital looking for a psychiatric evaluation around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Medical personnel then contacted police and he was brought in.

The victims of the incident, who were all in their 40s, were drinking coffee in a McDonald’s when a shooter wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt got into an argument with the men, the city’s chief of detectives, Robert Boyce, said.

Then, the men left the restaurant and headed to the subway. “They were followed by the same individual,” Boyce said. And minutes later, four gunshots were heard two blocks from the crowds at Penn Station.

Penn Station is a huge railway hub, serving both commuter lines connecting New York and New Jersey and its eastern suburbs, along with the Amtrak national passenger rail service.

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Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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