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Schenectady man accused of shooting into house

Schenectady man accused of shooting into house

A city man was charged Thursday with firing bullets into a Mont Pleasant residence in June, wounding
Schenectady man accused of shooting into house
Jonathan Ortiz

A city man was charged Thursday with firing bullets into a Mont Pleasant residence in June, wounding a man who was standing at the window, police said.

Police Thursday morning arrested Jonathan Ortiz, 24, on charges including second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Ortiz is accused of firing a 9mm handgun repeatedly from the sidewalk into a Bridge Street house the evening of June 2, hitting a man identified in court papers as Michael Horton.

He opened fire as Horton looked out the window, according to papers.

After hitting Horton, Ortiz continued to fire in an attempt to kill Horton, according to papers.

Horton survived, but suffered what was described as a substantial injury to his face. He was treated at Albany Medical Center and has had several surgeries since.

Neither police nor court paperwork described what led up to the shooting.

The shooting happened just after 8 p.m. that night. Officers received a call for reports of shots fired in the area of 821 Bridge St. But when they arrived, the victim was gone. Witnesses said he was put in a car and taken to Ellis Medicine.

Officers found shell casings nearby and what appeared to be bullet holes in 821 Bridge St.

Ortiz was arrested at 6 a.m. Thursday at 1123 Fourth Ave. during a raid by the Police Department’s Special Operations Squad, which had a warrant.

He also faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, which stems from there being a second person in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Ortiz was arraigned Thursday and ordered held on $250,000 bail.

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