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One dead from self inflicted wound, another injured after shooting in Carthage

Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 10:12 AM EDT
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CARTHAGE, New York (WWNY) - State police say a dispute at a Carthage business led to a shooting Monday morning that left one injured, and another dead by a self inflicted wound.

State police say it happened at Bailey’s Auto Refinishing, 789 West End Avenue. The call came in shortly before 7:30 a.m.

State police say immediately after the shootings, 42-year-old Shannon M. Ayers walked down the road to a friend’s house and called 911.

“Man showed up at my house and says that he’s been shot. He got shot in the back of his neck and on the right shoulder - the right arm. So I said ‘Well you better come in here and call 911′,” said Charles King who lives down the road from body shop.

Charles King doesn’t know what led to the shooting, and it caught him off guard.

“I was just like shocked in myself about it. Like it was right down the street,” said King.

When patrols arrived, they interviewed Ayers who returned to the scene. He said he went to the body shop to speak with Randy Bailey and banged on the garage windows to get his attention.

Ayers said he saw Bailey shoot several gunshots at him through the garage windows.

Ayers said he hit the ground, started crawling and was injured when glass shards began falling out of the windows. He was treated at the scene and released.

Trooper Jack Keller says Bailey was taken to Carthage Area Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State Police were assisted at the scene by Carthage Village Police, Carthage Fire Department and the Carthage Area Rescue Squad.

The investigation is continuing.

State police are investigating a shooting at Bailey's Auto Refinishing in Carthage that left...
State police are investigating a shooting at Bailey's Auto Refinishing in Carthage that left two people injured, one critically.(WWNY)

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