Tupper Lake man faces multiple charges in last week’s store shooting

Tupper Lake man faces multiple charges in last week’s store shooting
Michael Valentine (Source: WWNY)

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (WWNY) - A 31 year old Tupper Lake man has been arrested in connection with last week’s shooting incident in the village.

Michael Valentine is accused of firing several rounds from a rifle at Fortune’s True Value hardware store at around 2 p.m. last Thursday.

According to village police, Valentine unlawfully entered a Fortune’s storage building, which is located across the street from the hardware store.

Police said Valentine told them he wanted to get the attention of an employee who was outside in the parking lot at the store.

According to police, Valentine fired 9 rounds from the rifle while in the storage building, 4 of which struck the store across the street near where the employee was standing.

The other 5 rounds were shot into the storage building, police said.

No one was hurt.

Police said Valentine then walked into the store with the rifle and spoke with the business owner before fleeing out a back door of the business.

According to police, the firearm was a 30-30 caliber lever action rifle reported stolen from Syracuse almost 35 years ago.

Members from the Tupper Lake Police Department, the New York State Police and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation began a search of the area for the suspect.

About 40 minutes later, Valentine was taken into custody on Depot Street without incident.

Police said they found the rifle behind a tavern on Depot Street, where Valentine admitted to hiding it.

Valentine is charged with:

  • 3 counts of first-degree reckless endangerment
  • 2 counts of second-degree criminal use of a firearm
  • 1 count of second-degree burglary
  • 1 count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • 1 count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
  • 2 counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief

Valentine was arraigned in village court and is being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

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