Schenectady County

Man charged with assault; friend killed

A Schenectady man is dead and his friend charged with assault on Monday in Rutland, Vt., authorities
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A Schenectady man is dead and his friend charged with assault on Monday in Rutland, Vt., authorities said.

Police in Vermont called the shooting drug-related, alleging the two men might have gone to Rutland to sell marijuana.

Killed in the shooting was Carlos Vasquez, 29, of Schenectady. Ramel Ramos, 17, of Albany, was charged with aggravated assault. Authorities said it was unclear who shot Vasquez.

A second man, Javon Shelton, 25, of Rutland, was wounded.

Shelton told police Vasquez and Ramos traveled to Rutland to sell marijuana, but one pulled a gun during a disagreement, according to court papers cited by The Associated Press.

Shelton told police he tried to take the gun away and, in the struggle, the other man pulled a gun. He heard both guns fire.

Ramos fled but was arrested hours later.

He pleaded innocent at his arraignment Tuesday and was ordered held on $250,000 bail.

Authorities said ballistics tests would determine if the charge against Ramos would be upgraded.

According to Vermont television station WCAX, Ramos told police he was on the porch at the time of the shooting and did not fire. The station also listed Vasquez as from Albany.

Vasquez’ mother, Sylvia Morales, defended Ramos after the arraignment, saying she believed someone inside the apartment fired. The two were best friends, she said.

“No, no, he’s not guilty. He’s not guilty. They were just like brothers. If anything, he tried to defend him, OK?” Morales said.

But, the station cited affidavits state police have from several witnesses who placed Ramos inside and with a gun.

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