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1 injured during late-night shooting in Cortland

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UPDATE (10:27 pm)

A Groton man was arrested in connection with this morning’s shooting near Church Street in the city of Cortland.

City police took 39-year-old Robert S. Bailey, of Short Road, into custody without incident during a traffic stop in Groton., although they did not recover the weapon used in the attack during his arrest.

His victim remains in stable condition at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Cortland city officers were assisted during the investigation by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, SUNY Cortland Police, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Groton Police Department.

Bailey’s charges include four felonies for 1st-degree assault, 1st-degree reckless endangerment, along with both 2nd and 3rd-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was also hit with a misdemeanor charge for prohibited use of of a weapon.

Bailey is currently being held at CPD pending arraignment in the morning.


An 18-year-old male is in stable condition at Upstate Medical Center after being shot late last night during an altercation on Central Avenue in the city of Cortland.

His shooter is still at large.

Officers responded just before 1 am to the area of 60 Central Avenue – the county office building – where they rendered first aid to the victim until TLC ambulance and Cortland Fire Department personnel arrived.

City Police Lt. Michael Strangeway reports that several shots were fired in the roadway on Church Street near the intersection of Central Avenue.

The incident was apparently related to a fight from earlier in the evening at a city residence.

No other injuries were reported.

At this time, no arrests have been made and the city police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Lieutenant Michael Strangeway at (607) 758-8306 or at mstrangeway@cortland.org.

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