Watertown Police Say Stabbing, Shooting Are Unrelated


Was it a homicide?

Police won't say exactly how 34 year old Henry Perkins Jr. was stabbed to death Sunday evening at an apartment on Public Square. 

Is there a person of interest?

"At the present time we're leaning towards having a person of interest," said Lieutenant Frank Derrigo, spokesperson for the Watertown Police Department.

A neighbor said she heard two people screaming at each other in Apartment 202 Sunday night.

Later, police arrived and Perkins' body was removed from the scene. 

Police are hoping autopsy results will help them close their investigation.

And, just before 1 a.m. Monday, a drive-by shooting happened on Ohio Street. 

The victim was identified as 24 year old Robert Hunt III of Three Mile Bay.

He was taken to a hospital in Syracuse.

A woman who lives at 1333 Ohio Street says the victim is a friend of her son.

She says he was in his car at the curb, about to leave.

She heard two shots, came out and he came running into her yard with a gunshot wound to his arm.

Police say they have no description of the shooter or vehicle and so far the victim can't help.

"He's been sedated so the investigators haven't been able to talk to him," said Derrigo.

Two violent incidents within seven hours - are they connected?

"No, they're not connected in any way," said Derrigo.

Police say they have no idea when any arrests may be coming.

See our earlier report on the stabbing

Our report on the shooting

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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