Two men who died soon after their BMW flipped over in Westchester County early Wednesday morning may have been shot before their vehicle was totaled.
Allashun Clay of Manhattan, 27, and Kevin Shaw of the Bronx, 26, were driving on East Third Street near Warwick Avenue in Mount Vernon around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, when their BMW convertible hit a parked Dodge Journey SUV and flipped over.
The convertible "hit the parked car and then it just spun around and flew in the air," one witness told NBC.
According to the News outlet, while the crash was initially reported as a high-speed accident, it is now being investigated as a double homicide. The Mount Vernon Police Commissioner confirmed that both men were shot in their "upper extremities."
"Once the victims of the crash were removed from the vehicle the medical examiner determined that there was evidence that each of the individuals had suffered at least one gunshot wound," he told the Journal News. The commissioner said the men were shot "at some point" while driving on East Third Street.
The Journal News also reports that Shaw, who was in the passenger seat, had been an assistant basketball coach at Concordia College. "Myself and our alumni are trying to wrap our heads around this," said head coach Brian Sondey. "This was a young man who was motivated and passionate about life. What we can't get over was he was so young and had a future."
The medical examiner has yet to determine whether the gunshots, or the crash, killed the men.