Crawford Police Nab Suspect in Morning Shooting

Crawford, NY – Crawford police have arrested a man in connection with a Thursday morning shooting that left one person injured and the community on edge.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. in a typically quiet residential neighborhood on Elm Street. Residents were startled by the sound of multiple gunshots, and emergency services were immediately alerted. Responding officers found a 34-year-old male victim lying on the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds to his torso and leg.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was conscious but in critical condition. Paramedics provided first aid at the scene before transporting him to St. Anthony Community Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He is now reported to be in stable but serious condition.

Crawford police quickly established a perimeter around the crime scene and began canvassing the area for witnesses and evidence. By mid-morning, detectives had gathered enough information to identify a suspect, thanks to surveillance footage from nearby homes and businesses.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Mark Jenkins, was apprehended without incident at his residence on Oak Drive, less than a mile from the shooting scene. Jenkins was taken into custody around 11:00 a.m., just a few hours after the shooting occurred.

He is currently being held at the Crawford Police Department awaiting arraignment. Jenkins faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Crawford Police Nab Suspect in Morning Shooting

Police Chief John Miller provided an update during a press conference. “Our officers responded swiftly to the scene and were able to gather crucial evidence that led to the quick arrest of the suspect. We believe this was an isolated incident, and there is no ongoing threat to the community,” Miller said. “I want to commend our officers and detectives for their rapid and professional response.”

The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, but initial reports suggest that it may have been related to a personal dispute between the victim and Jenkins. Neighbors have reported hearing raised voices before the gunshots, indicating a possible argument. However, police have not yet confirmed these details.

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Residents of the normally peaceful neighborhood expressed a mixture of relief and lingering concern. “I’m just glad they caught the guy so quickly,” said Carol Thompson, a local resident. “But it’s scary to think something like this could happen right outside our homes.”

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking anyone with additional information about the incident to come forward. Tips can be provided anonymously through the Crawford Police Department’s hotline.

The arrest has brought some reassurance to the Crawford community, but the incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential for violence even in the most serene settings. Authorities are urging residents to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to help maintain the safety and security of their neighborhoods.

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