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Press Release - Shooting investigation Town of Varick



09-11-2015 – At 7:49 PM, Thursday evening, 09-010-2015, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies and New York State Police were dispatched to a home on County Road 124 in the Town of Varick for several reports of shots fired.  A short time later two subjects appeared at the Lakeside Gas Station in the Town of Seneca Falls with apparent non-life threatening guns shot wounds.  Dustin Sharp, age 30, Hamburg, New York suffered gunshot wounds to his lower left leg and ankle. Spencer Gauthier, age 44, Salamanca, New York suffered non – life threatening gunshot wounds to his head, back, left arm, and right side.  Both were transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital and later transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital. Sharp is listed in satisfactory condition at Strong and Gauthier has been treated and released.

An investigation being conducted by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Seneca Falls Police and New York State Police has revealed members of the Cayuga Nation Unity Council consisting of numerous members traveled to a Nation owned home on County Road 124 which was occupied in the Town of Varick.   A verbal and physical altercation ensued followed by a number of gunshot rounds being fired. A vehicle used to transport members of the Unity Council was set on fire and destroyed.  Witnesses reported to Deputies that there were several persons in the wooded area and a perimeter was established by Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers throughout the night.

Sheriff’s Deputies with the assistance of the New York State Police and their Special Operations Response Team along with Seneca Falls Police and with the cooperation of the residents of the County Road 124 home executed a search warrant this morning and recovered a weapon and other evidence relating to the shooting investigation.  The investigation being conducted by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is still progress and deputies are continuing their investigation and expect to present the results of their investigation to the District Attorney’s Office in the near future.  We have dozens of leads to continue to follow-up on.  “The events that took place last evening are very troubling in that it has escalated to a new level of violence, according to Seneca County Undersheriff Gary Sullivan.  We are very fortunate we didn’t have two people die last night.”

Undersheriff Sullivan credited the invaluable assistance provided by the Seneca Falls Police, the New York State Police, New York State Park Police and North and South Seneca Ambulance. 

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