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Two charged in December Schenectady shooting

Two charged in December Schenectady shooting

Two now face charges
Two charged in December Schenectady shooting
Mohawk Ambulance personnel carry the victim of a shooting form the scene on DeGraff Street Dec. 26
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting on DeGraff Street the morning after Christmas, prosecutors said.

The shooting happened at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 26 at 117 DeGraff St. The victim survived, but has suffered long-lasting effects, including permanent nerve damage, prosecutor Brian Gray said.

Charged in the shooting are Jason Burnett, 35, of Schenectady, and Leroy Bowden, 54, of Schenectady. Charges against at least one more person are expected.

Burnett and Bowden each face one count of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, counts of second-degree gang assault, second-degree burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.

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The gang assault count relates to allegations of two or more persons being present to aid in the assault.

Both Burnett and Bowden were charged on indictments unsealed this month. Gray declined to detail the allegations beyond what was in the indictment.

Burnett appeared in Schenectady County Court last week and formally pleaded not guilty, officials said.

Bowden's case was unsealed Thursday, but he has yet to appear as he is being held in New York City, Gray said. He is expected to be brought to Schenectady for arraignment at some point soon.

New York City inmate records indicate he has been there since February and is being held on a murder charge from the Bronx. Further information on that case was not immediately available.

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