A man who had just been released from prison after serving 15 years for first-degree assault, was shot Thursday at a Metro-North station, just minutes after his release, authorities report.
Two suspects are in custody after the 33-year-old ex-con was shot around 10 a.m. near the Otisville station in Orange County, New York ABC 7 reported. The victim underwent surgery and is expected to recover from his gunshot wound.
The victim had just been released from the Otisville State Prison, and was given a train ticket for a ride to a halfway house in Manhattan.
He was instead picked up in a car by people who had apparently wanted to settle a score with him. The two men in the car had Illinois license places, said police spokesman Trooper Steven Nevel.
“He got out of the vehicle and stumbled over to the train station,” where people came to his aid and called the police, Nevel said.
The unidentified man ended up staggering for help near the train station, approaching a technician servicing the ticket machine.
Police searched for the two suspects while Metro-North workers cleaned up the bloody scene, but were able to locate them in Manhattan. The alleged suspects were taken back to Otisville for questioning. No charges have been filed at this time.
In the interim while police were searching for the two suspects at large, local schools were put on lockdown and outdoor activities were canceled, NY Daily News reported.
Police have been able to talk to the victim proceeding the attack.
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