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House Hit 20 Times In Drive-by Shooting


FORT COVINGTON - New York State Police are currently investigating what is believed to be a drive-by shooting that occurred at 2440 Chateaugay Street in Fort Covington early Tuesday morning. P
Plattsburgh-based state police received a call at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday that shots had been fired at the residence.
The state police investigation into the shooting appeared to have moved into the town of Brasher Tuesday morning.
While no arrests have been made, a number of state police units, including uniformed personnel and BCI investigators, were seen searching a trailer in the Brasher Center area shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The Fort Covington house was occupied at the time of the shooting.
"We're very lucky because a good number of the rounds came in very close proximity to people who were in the house," said New York State Police Senior Investigator Charles Bishop of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Upon examination Tuesday morning, the more than 20 bullet holes in the house's front side could be easily seen. They had been marked by state police forensic investigators with small pink flags.
Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne confirmed that there were upwards of 20 bullet holes.
Investigator Bishop said the shooter is believed to have fired at the house from across the street, on the north corner of Chateaugay and Pike streets. He said numerous shell casings were found there.
"It appeared they used a high-velocity weapon," Mr. Champagne said.
The Franklin County district attorney added local residents should not be afraid of falling victim to a similar crime.
"The investigation to this point would indicate this is not a random act," Mr. Champagne said.
Mr. Bishop said he could not say how many individuals are being sought or what kind of vehicle they drove.
He said video footage recorded by any nearby surveillance cameras is being collected, and that information takes a little time to process and wade through.
The house's owner is listed in the Franklin County tax rolls as John W. Stevens of Rentz, Ga. He could not be reached for comment.

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