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Police: Both men hurt in Thursday Schenectady shooting are charged

Police: Both men hurt in Thursday Schenectady shooting are charged

Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police say
Police: Both men hurt in Thursday Schenectady shooting are charged
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SCHENECTADY -- Two men who were shot on July 4 have been charged in the incident, city police said.

Both Wayne Q. Brown, 18, of Schenectady, and Jason L. Sellie, 40, of Schenectady,  face one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, police said Tuesday.

Sellie also faces one count of first-degree assault, a felony.

Police had previously said Brown was hit by gunfire from Sellie.  On Tuesday police said both men appeared to have shot at each other.

Police previously indicated a second person was hit, but Sellie hadn’t been identified as that person.

Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Emmett and Hamlin streets, police said.

The call came in as reports of shots fired and possible victims in the area.

Police found Brown at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound to his right torso area. He was taken to Ellis Hospital for treatment.

Sellie then soon arrived at Ellis by private transportation with a gunshot wound to his lower leg, police said.

Police now say it appears a fight between Brown and Sellie led to the shootings.

Brown faces the weapons count but no charges related to firing.

City officials Monday identified Sellie as a seasonal employee for the city Waste Collection & Recycling Department, hired in September.

Sellie has previously served two stints in prison, records show, once as a 16-year-old for a 1997 attempted assault and once for a 2002 weapons possession case.

The 2002 case was connected to a homicide investigation that year where Sellie was among three people initially charged with murder. He ultimately received six years on the weapons plea.

Both Sellie and Brown have been arraigned and ordered held. Brown remains hospitalized in sheriff’s custody, officials said.

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