Search For Suspect In Chautauqua County Shooting Continues

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SINCLAIRVILLE – One man is dead following a shooting in Chautauqua County on Tuesday night that investigators believe resulted from an altercation between a group of people. 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and other local law enforcement agencies are searching for the person responsible for the shooting in the Village of Sinclairville.

An 18-year-old man believed to be from Pennsylvania was shot during the incident, and was later pronounced dead at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Park Street and Reed Street in the village.

“Our deputies arrived on scene, and a short distance from the incident location, located a vehicle that had gone off the road,” Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone told WNY News Now. “That vehicle was being driven by the victim who had suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back area.”

At this point in the investigation, police are relying on testimony from around five people who witnessed the shooting.

“We have been interviewing several individuals that were involved in the altercation at the intersection, and trying to follow through with that,” explained Quattrone “We continued through the evening last night, throughout the night, and into the morning. We are out with our K-9 teams from our department as well as Jamestown and Lakewood Police Departments searching for evidence.”

K-9 units were seen searching the area Wednesday morning in the hopes of finding clues that might lead to the arrest of a suspect, who at this point, remains unidentified.

“We had a report that one of the individuals had ran from the scene and had run in this direction, possibly through the wooded area,” Quattrone went on to say. “That’s why we are searching the wooded area here for possible evidence that might have been discarded.”

While the crime is still under investigation, authorities believe the shooting was targeted. Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.


1 Comment

  1. I was a bit overcome with the shooting incident. The peaceful little Hamlet I grew up in and the gun killings have reached into the community. Very sad indeed. i live next door to that area, across from what was once the grade school. Many family members including a brother, nephew, family and ancestors are buried in the cemetery along with many I grew up with. I enjoyed your news site and will continue watching.

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