Schenectady County

Suspect in Schenectady gunfire admits to pot charge

A man accused of firing nearly 20 rounds from an assault rifle on the bike path near Manhattan Stree

A man accused of firing nearly 20 rounds from an assault rifle on the bike path near Manhattan Street in July while out on bail in a previous marijuana case is now going to jail in the marijuana case.

The bike path case, though, remains pending.

Luis J. Gomez, 30, of 1513 Van Vranken Ave., pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Schenectady County Court to a single count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

In return for his plea, he is to be sentenced in January to one year in jail.

Gomez admitted to possessing the marijuana at his residence during a raid in November 2011.

After his arrest in that case, he posted $10,000 bail. He had to post an additional $40,000 in July after he was accused of firing the shots on the bike path. No one was injured.

Gomez faces one count of first-degree reckless endangerment in that case. He is accused of firing 19 shots on the bike path near the dead end of Manhattan Street around 8:30 p.m. July 4.

Police say he fired a Romarm/Cugir 7.62×39 rifle, a variant of the AK-47.

Gomez has denied being the shooter, saying he never left a Manhattan Street party during the time of the incident. His attorney, Glen Brownell, has said he has a number of witnesses who would testify that Gomez never left.

Witnesses said they saw a man firing an assault rifle and a burst of rapid gunfire was audible a quarter-mile away, on Maxon Road Extension.

Officers responded to the area and found a suspect matching the description given by witnesses, police said then. A brief foot chase ensued, police said, and the suspect ran into a house at 444-446 Manhattan St.

That house was locked down, police said, and Gomez was detained for questioning and later charged.

Gomez remains free in both cases, pending sentencing in the marijuana case.

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