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BLACK RIVER — Gunshots fired Friday night during a robbery near the municipal building here were in a direction “that would have prevented anybody from being injured,” Jefferson County Undersheriff Andrew R. Neff said Tuesday.

Three county men, in their early 20s, none of them residents here, were robbed by at least two people about 8 p.m. Friday in the municipal building parking lot. While the sheriff’s department is not specifying what was stolen from the three, “some of the property was recovered,” Mr. Neff said.

During the early stages of the investigation, deputies were told by the victims that shots were fired, but nobody in the village heard gunfire, he said. As the investigation continued, shell casings were found at the location to confirm what the victims were reporting, he said.

No weapon has been recovered, Mr. Neff said.

Mr. Neff also said village Mayor Leland J. Carpenter was correct in telling the Times on Monday that no residents were endangered by the shooting. He declined to say whether shots were fired into the air, down at the ground or toward the Black River.

The sheriff’s office still was not releasing descriptions of the perpetrators or their red sedan and was not disclosing the direction of travel of the getaway car following the shooting and robbery.

The undersheriff also refused to discuss a suggestion that the crime may have been related to a drug deal gone bad, saying only that leads are being followed.

Mr. Carpenter on Monday also avoided addressing the suggestion but commented that “we are living in changing times,” and “no community is immune” from events like the one that occurred Friday night in his village.

He said that like the victims, the suspects are not Black River residents.

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