NORWICH A man employed with the New York State Department of Corrections has been charged with attempted murder and another man lies in critical condition following a shooting in Norwich early Sunday morning.
According to the Norwich Police Department, a call was received to the 911 center at approximately 3:28 a.m. Sunday morning reporting an individual in the area of a North Broad Street business displaying a weapon.
A NPD officer was in the vicinity and was flagged down by an individual prior to the 911 call being dispatched over the radio.
The officer then heard what he believed to be gunshots coming from the area of Lackawanna Avenue, read a release from the NPD.
According to authorities the officer then located a victim in a parking lot off of Lackawanna Avenue. The victim had what police said appeared to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Wayne J. Spratley, 33, Greene, was taken into custody, and Norwich Police said a Glock handgun was recovered at the scene.
Detective-Sergeant Reuben Roach, lead investigator on the case, said Monday morning that the crime scene was processed and evidence was collected, then opened back up following that portion of the investigation.
The Norwich Fire Department responded to the scene and the victim was first transported to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich. The victim was then transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
Spratley has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree, a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in the New York State Department of Corrections if convicted.
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said that it is alleged that Spratley, on July 19, 2015, in the parking lot of Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Norwich, did fire a loaded pistol hitting a victim. It is alleged that Spratley intentionally pointed and discharged a firearm into the victim. The charge further alleges that Spratley intended to cause the death of another person and he attempted to cause the death of such person.