Man charged in city shooting

GLOVERSVILLE – Police are investigating the possible motives behind a shooting Monday in which police say a city man shot another man in the leg with a shotgun during a confrontation between two groups.

Kevin C. Johnson, 52, of 14 Franklin St., was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies, after he allegedly shot a 46-year-old man.

The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the area of 61 North St., police said in a news release.

Police responded to a report of a loud party and gunshots. They found the victim, whom police would not identify, with a wound to his leg from a shotgun pellet, police said.

The victim was treated at Albany Medical Center Hospital and released in a few hours, police said.

Johnson, the victim and other people had verbal and physical altercations at several locations between Saturday and Monday, police Capt. Tony Clay said.

In Monday’s confrontation, the victim and his friends, armed with a meat cleaver and baseball bat, went to North Street to confront Johnson and his friends.

A verbal altercation ensued, resulting in Johnson firing multiple rounds from the shotgun, police said. Pellets hit a home, tree and stop sign in addition to the victim, police said.

More arrests are likely, police said.

Clay said he did not believe the incident was gang- related.

Police do not yet have a precise motive for the confrontation or shooting.

“I think there were a combination of reasons,” Clay said.

“It is people going back and forth and engaging with each other,” Clay said.

The investigation is ongoing, but Clay said alcohol may have been involved.

Johnson was arraigned in City Court by Judge Traci DiMezza and remanded to the Fulton County Jail on $30,000 bond and $15,000 cash bail.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the state police assisted in the investigation, city police said.