Shooting in Bainbridge Several Injured [UPDATE]
Troop C information officer Trooper Nathan Riegal has made the public statement that shots were fired in Brainbridge NY at 1:30pm today Monday October 27th 2014. Several people sustained injuries in the parking lot of Peak Fitness on Route 7. WBNG-TV has reported that the shooting was caused by a “Road Rage” situation.
The shooting occurred outside of Peak Fitness on state Route 7 in the Chenango County town of Bainbridge. Members of the Troop C Bureau of Criminal Investigation were at the scene tonight.
“State Police Capt. James Barnes, commander of the Troop C Bureau of Criminal Investigation, confirmed that the alleged shooter is in custody at the State Police Barracks in Sidney. As of 5 p.m., no charges had been filed.
One of the victims was killed, and the other, his father, is being treated at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, Barnes confirmed.
“We’ve still got quite a bit of work to do” to determine exactly what happened, Barnes said. He said he could not release names of the deceased or injured individual, or the subject in custody.
Troop C Public Information Officer Trooper Nathan Riegal said shots were fired in the parking lot at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Sarah Arias, an employee at Peak Fitness, was working at the front desk Monday and witnessed the incident, she said.
As state police investigators scoped out the parking lot and used a metal detector on the ground, Arias, still visibly shaken, described what she saw earlier in the day.
An individual entered the gym and told Arias that there was a person on the ground in the parking lot, Arias said. She quickly went outside to see if she could help, she said.
“There was a young man on the ground,” Arias said. “He had been shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the chest, and the older man was saying ‘Son, stay with me, stay with me.’ I asked him what happened and he said: ‘It was road rage. Look, he shot me, too.’ I could see that he had been shot once in the side.”
Two gym members who had just pulled in to the parking lot and performed CPR on the son, to no avail, Arias said.
“The father told me the suspect was trying to run him and his son, who were in an SUV, off the road,” Arias said. “So he pulled over into the parking lot and the man followed him. When the father and son got out of the vehicle, the suspect spit in the father’s face, pulled a gun and shot them both. All in a matter of 60 seconds or so.”
Arias said the father had written the shooter’s license plate number in the dirt on his back window. When police arrived, he told them the number, she said.
Arias said she was told that the shooter then continued approximately three miles in a Northeasterly direction and turned himself in at the State Police Barracks in Sidney.
Arias said she was told by troopers that the father and son are from Afton and that the deceased man is 24 years old.
Aric McKown, manager of Peak Fitness, was at the scene Monday because, he said, he had received many calls and “felt the need” to be there.
“These things just don’t happen here,” McKown said. “Never. For something like road rage to be the cause, it’s crazy.”
Officials at Wilson Medical Center said tonight they could not disclose the condition of the father. State police said the investigation is ongoing.” -thedailystar.com