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June 13, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Hengjun Chao (DOB 12/07/66) of 141 Main St., Tuckahoe, NY was found guilty after a jury trial conducted by Judge Barry Warhit of:

  • one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony

in the shooting of Dr. Dennis Charney.

On Aug. 29, 2016 at approximately 7:56 a.m., the defendant was parked in the Walgreen’s parking lot on King Street in Chappaqua. He was waiting for the victim to exit Lange’s Deli. Video surveillance evidence showed the defendant had stalked the victim for several days prior to the shooting.

When the victim left the deli, the defendant retrieved a loaded shotgun from the trunk of his car. He walked towards the victim, took aim and fired one shot, hitting him in the shoulder and chest area. The defendant remained there and was subsequently arrested by New Castle Police officers.

The victim was removed by ambulance and was hospitalized for five days.

Subsequent to his arrest, the defendant stated to police that he was the one who shot the victim.

The defendant was a research assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was fired in May 2009 by a committee that included Dr. Charney. The victim is the dean of the medical school.

The defendant’s remand continues.  

He will be sentenced on Aug. 16, 2017.

The defendant faces a maximum of twenty-five years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor and Assistant District Attorney Daniel Flecha of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

Hengjun Chao

Hengjun Chao

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