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Man charged after shooting

August 29, 2012
The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - City police said a man was arrested Tuesday after gunshots were fired on Union Street.

Raul Vasquez, also known as "Chicken," 21, of 18 Union St., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, second-degree forgery and false personation.

Police said at about 9:40 p.m. Monday, officers received reports that gunshots were fired on Union Street. Police said witnesses told officers at the scene that a late model, dark-colored vehicle drove past a group of people on the street. A man inside the vehicle shot at the people with a handgun, police said.

Police said they believe an individual on Union Street returned fire at the vehicle as it fled the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Police said several hours later, officers received a call about a disturbance on Brookside Avenue. It was reported some of the individuals involved were carrying guns.

Police said the officers who responded interviewed numerous people and were able to identify Vasquez as one of the people involved in the earlier shooting.

Police said they recovered a handgun and .22 caliber ammunition during a search.

Police said while interviewing Vasquez, officers learned he used a fictitious name during a prior arrest Aug. 11 for a menacing incident on Union Street. That incident involved a BB gun, police said.

Vasquez was held for arraignment in City Court.

The shooting on Union Street is still being investigated, police said.



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