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Residents rattled following Ohio Street drive-by shooting

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Residents of a neighborhood on the city’s northeast side expressed uneasiness after hearing about a drive-by shooting that occurred early Monday.

Robert C. Hunt III, 24, of 3686 Flanders Road, Three Mile Bay, was shot shortly before 1 a.m. while sitting in his parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, city police said.

Police said someone fired shots from a moving car heading east on Ohio Street shortly before 1 a.m. The car sped from the scene, turning right onto Colorado Avenue, police said.

Mr. Hunt was flown to a Syracuse hospital, where he was stable Monday morning, according to a news release. Attempts to get an updated condition report Monday evening were unsuccessful.

Detective Sgt. Joseph R. Donoghue declined to release any details about the shooting. He would not say whether police had any suspects.

A woman who lives in a house near the shooting declined to comment, referring questions to police.

A couple who lives nearby heard “four shots in rapid succession,” said the man, who declined to give his name for fear of retaliation.

He went on to say that his wife heard someone say, “I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot.”

Within four minutes, police cars arrived at the scene and blocked off the intersection from all four directions. Ten to 12 patrol cars showed up in the neighborhood, along with a city of Watertown Fire Department rescue vehicle, the man said.

Describing the corner as a trouble spot, the man also said that he has seen vehicles stop there on several previous occasions, with people getting out and making a quick exchange before driving away.

“You know what’s happening, but I’m not going to say,” the resident said.

A handful of other neighbors also said they were too scared to talk about what happened. They heard shots and went outside to see what was going on.

“I almost fell out of my bed,” said a woman who has lived in the neighborhood for decades. “It’s a little nerve-wracking.”

She said she and her daughter plan to keep their doors locked during the day.

“Let’s just say it shook up a lot of people,” the daughter said.

Robert F. Beimel, who has lived on Colorado Avenue since 1999, described the neighborhood as usually quiet, so when he was told about the shooting, it surprised him.

“I had the AC on,” he said. “I slept right through it.”

Police had their hands full on Sunday. Five hours earlier, a State Street man was stabbed to death in a J.B. Wise Place apartment.

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