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Gloversville shooting linked to dispute

Gloversville shooting linked to dispute

A city man was charged Tuesday with shooting an unidentified victim with a shotgun Monday night.

A city man was charged Tuesday with shooting an unidentified victim with a shotgun Monday night.

Kevin Johnson, 52, of 14 Franklin St., was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.

Police responded to a report of a loud party and gunshots, and officers investigated and found evidence of a shotgun fired in the vicinity of North Street. A short time later, the victim was found with a wound from a shotgun pellet, police said.

The victim was treated at Albany Medical Center and released a few hours later, police said.

Police say Johnson, the victim and others had multiple verbal and physical confrontations at different locations over the past several days. During Tuesday’s confrontation, police said, the victim and some friends, armed with a meat cleaver and a baseball bat, went to North Street to confront Johnson and his friends.

A verbal altercation resulted in Johnson firing multiple rounds from the shotgun, pellets from which hit the victim, a home, a tree and a stop sign, police said.

Mayor Dayton King said this was an isolated incident and a random act of violence.

“Crime is more common when the people know each other,” he said. “People in the city shouldn’t worry about this happening to them while they are walking down the street.”

Johnson was arraigned in Gloversville City Court and sent to the Fulton County jail on $15,000 cash bail or a $30,000 bond.

Police said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

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