TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are investigating a shooting that happened in downtown Troy Wednesday night.
Police say they were dispatched to the area of Church Street Alley for a shots fired call at around 8:30 p.m.
Responding units found a 23-year-old man lying in a pickup truck with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
On Thursday, police discovered a bullet hole in the window of Jimmy’s Restaurant.
Police say the victim was transported to Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
A neighbor, who heard the shots ring out, laid the victim in the back of his truck and rendered aid until medics arrived.
“He was kind of gasping for air so I laid him down and put pressure on the wound. The cops were great and were here in less than two minutes. The ambulances were right behind them.”
Police later located and arrested 32-year-old Jamel DeWitt in connection with the shooting. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The neighbors says the victim was getting out of the car when he was struck by a stray bullet. It first went through a to-go container that he was holding in his hands then punctured his stomach.
“Just an innocent bystander. I think he was actually a grad student from RPI and was just here visiting his parents.”
DeWitt was arraigned Thursday morning.