By RYNE R. MARTIN
MASSENA - Village police spent Tuesday following leads and interviewing people with information about an incident that took place just before 7 p.m. Monday at 15 Bishop Ave.
We now have a much better idea of what transpired and why it transpired. This was clearly drug related, Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said late Tuesday.
Police received a complaint at 6:59 p.m. that someone had seen two men assault another man between 15 and 17 Bishop Ave. Police discovered there were also two other victims at 15 Bishop - one man who had been shot in the upper chest from close range and a second man who had been stabbed in the buttocks.
Mr. Currier said two males left the triplex apartment at 15 Bishop Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. to go pick up dinner, leaving two men inside the residence. While those two men were gone, two other men reportedly went into the apartment, tied up the two men they found inside the apartment with electrical zip ties and then stabbed one man in the buttocks and shot the other man in the chest.
The village police chief said the stabbing victim, who was treated and released from Massena Memorial Hospital Monday night, also had defensive wounds. The shooting victim remained hospitalized Tuesday.
He said as the two attackers were leaving the residence they encountered the two men returning to the apartment with a pizza. One of those men suffered blunt force trauma to the head when he was attacked by the two men leaving the apartment. That victim was also treated and released from Massena Memorial Monday night.
Mr. Currier said he believes the two men that were injured at 15 Bishop live there, at least on an intermittent basis. I cant definitely say yes, but I believe so. Two females names are on the lease, but we think they made an agreement with other people to live there, according to the police chief.
He stressed the incident was not a random act of violence but declined to comment on a motive Tuesday. The victims have not been forthcoming with the information we need to positively ID the suspects at this point, Mr. Currier said.
The victims and attackers are believed to be part of a transient population that have addresses both inside and outside the north country. Mr. Currier said he believed several of the individuals involved in the incident move in and out of Massena on a regular basis and have contacts they stay with in Massena when they are in the north country.
Sources in the Bishop Street area said the two women, appearing to be in their late teens or early 20s, had moved into the apartment within the past several weeks, and they noted there has been considerable traffic in the area since that time. They also said at least one male appeared to live in the apartment as well.