Rotterdam man arrested for shooting gun into neighborhood

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Rotterdam man is under arrest after police say he and a friend got drunk and fired three rounds into the woods of his residential neighborhood.

Police say they responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Gordon Road and Sylvia Lane at approximately 6:10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The caller stated the shots came from in front of 139 Gordon Road and he observed two individuals enter that address after hearing the gunshots.

Officers responded, set up a perimeter around the road and attempted to make contact with the occupants. Officers were able to make contact with a resident of the address who then abruptly terminated the phone call and refused to respond to repeated attempts to communicate with him.

Police were able to make contact with the second individual in the residence and negotiated for both to exit the residence without further incident approximately four hours after the initial call.

According to authorities 33-year-old Justin Baltazar of Rotterdam was taken into custody and charged with Reckless Endangerment and Unlawfully Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Residence, both Misdemeanors.

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