Man beaten, shot at in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – City police are looking for three suspects in the beating of a man in his Fremont Street home Tuesday evening.

Police said the 33-year-old victim, whom police would not name, answered the door at 77 Fremont St. about 10:15 p.m. and was greeted by a male who immediately struck the victim in the head with a pistol and ordered him to the ground.

Authorities said two other males then entered the apartment and beat the victim with their fists, feet and a hammer. Police said the assailants demanded money and drugs they believed were in the apartment.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the assailants tied up the victim’s hands and feet and beat him. One of the males, VanDeusen said, covered the victim’s head with a couch cushion and discharged a round from the pistol into the pillow, grazing the victim’s face.

Police said the victim stated a second man was in the apartment with him before the assailants arrived and also was beaten with a hammer.

The victim told police he knew the man only as Cliff. Police said Cliff is black, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and is in his late 20s to early 30s. The chief said no local hospitals have had any patients come in with injuries related to being beaten with a hammer.

The 33-year-old victim was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital, police said, and was in stable condition earlier today.

Police described the suspects as three black males in their early to mid-20s.

One suspect was wearing a black shirt, black jeans and black Nike sneakers with a white Nike logo. He is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs about 190 pounds, and has a goatee and a short haircut.

The second suspect was described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with short hair and wearing dark clothing.

The third suspect was shorter than the other two and was wearing a silver hoodie and dark jeans, police said.

VanDeusen said police found neither drugs nor firearms in the residence.

“I do believe the victim was familiar with his assailants,” VanDeusen said. “This was not a random act.”

“He is very lucky at this point that the injuries were not worse,” the chief said.

VanDeusen said police are treating the case as an attempted homicide.

Anyone with information regarding the incident, the suspects or the apparent second victim are advised to contact police at 773-4505 or 736-2100.