Suspect in bike path gunfire must come up with additional bail

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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— The man accused of firing nearly 20 rounds from an assault rifle on the bike path near Manhattan Street last week will have to come up with another $20,000 bail to be freed again, according to an agreement reached this morning.

Luis J. Gomez, 30, of 1513 Van Vranken Ave., appeared in Schenectady County Court for what was to be a hearing on his bail status.

Gomez was prepared to present a number of witnesses who would have testified that he never left a Manhattan Street party during the time of the July 4 incident.

Prosecutors and the defense, however, came to an agreement on a total new bail of $50,000. Gomez had already posted $30,000. Gomez faces one count of first-degree reckless endangerment in the shooting case. No one was injured.

He is accused of firing a total of 19 shots on the bike path near the dead end of Manhattan Street at about 8:30 p.m. July 4.

Gomez’ attorney Glen Brownell argued this week that the case against his client in the shooting is weak.

Prosecutor Ed Moynihan indicated in court that he would have called his own witnesses at the hearing, had it gone forward.

Gomez had been out on $10,000 bail posted in an earlier marijuana case.

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