Man indicted after allegedly firing gun in Watertown business

Man indicted after allegedly firing gun in Watertown business
Cengiz Gulbay

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A downtown Watertown business owner, who was accused of discharging a firearm when two people entered his Court Street store, has been indicted.

A Jefferson County grand jury handed up a 5-count indictment against 45 year old Cengiz Gulbay on Tuesday.

The counts are:

- third-degree criminal possession of a weapon

- second-degree menacing (2 counts)

- second-degree reckless endangerment (2 counts)

Last September, Watertown police said Gulbay fired a 9mm semi-automatic handgun as two people entered the Cash 4 Gold store.

The alleged victims were identified as Watertown residents Sheena Covell and Kahil Covell. Police said the two are husband and wife.

Gulbay declined to speak to 7 News reporters when they went to the store for comment last September. A woman there said the incident involved a conflict with a customer and that the store’s lawyers are handling it.

An employee at the Cash 4 Gold store told 7 News the couple wanted to get back something they previously sold to the store.

Then at some point, Gulbay allegedly fired off the 9mm into the floor. Police wouldn’t say how many shots were fired.

Police said Gulbay had a pistol permit and legally owned the gun, but still faces a criminal possession of a weapon charge because police alleged Gulbay was menacing the customers, not protecting himself.

Gulbay had a 2012 federal conviction for trafficking in counterfeit merchandise.

Gulbay was released from jail after posting $1,000 bail.

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