By BRIAN HAYDEN
MASSENA - Three people were transported to Massena Memorial Hospital following an incident at 7 p.m. Monday on Bishop Avenue where one man was shot and another stabbed.
Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said the incident could be related to a possible robbery attempt Monday evening inside 15 Bishop Ave., but he declined to provide further details about the assault or disclose the names of the victims. He also declined to comment on whether the incident was drug related.
All three victims were males; Mr. Currier said one victim suffered a gunshot wound, a second had stab wounds to the legs and a third victim suffered blunt force trauma to the head. Mr. Currier said he understood none of the injuries were life threatening.
Two suspects reportedly fled on foot from the scene and entered a vehicle, Mr. Currier said. Police interviewed multiple witnesses and brought some in for questioning, but Mr. Currier declined to say how many and that those individuals were not suspects. No one had been arrested by late Monday evening. Massena volunteer firefighters searched Bishop Avenue for evidence but no weapons were discovered.
Police obtained a search warrant for the Bishop Avenue residence, an apartment complex with three units, and were still on the scene at 11 p.m. Police tape stretched across the driveway connecting 15 and 17 Bishop. A single loafer, single Puma sneaker, toy truck and empty Mountain Dew can were among the items scattered on the lawn in front of 15.
Mr. Currier said he was not sure if the victims were Massena residents or not. The Massena Volunteer Fire Department illuminated the scene with floodlights on one of its vehicles. A crowd of approximately 20 had gathered near the crime scene by approximately 8 p.m. and gradually thinned out as the evening wore on. Firefighters stood at Bishop Avenue and Willow Street and placed a sign at the corner warning motorists of an emergency scene ahead.