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Cops: 2 men shot ex-con just after prison release

MOUNT HOPE, N.Y. - Authorities say they've charged two New York City men with shooting an ex-inmate within minutes of his release from prison.

State police say they arrested Jerome Mack and Edgar Wilson, both 35, in Manhattan around 5 p.m. Thursday, about seven hours after a 33-year-old man was shot in the Orange County town of Mount Hope. Police say the victim was shot about 15 minutes after being released from the nearby medium-security Otisville state prison, where he served a 15-year sentence for assault.

The New York City man managed to get to a nearby train station, where someone called 911. Police say he underwent surgery at Westchester Medical Center. His name and information on his condition haven't been released.

Authorities say the victim had intended to take a train back to Manhattan following his release from prison, but was offered a ride at the last minute.

"At some point when the gentlemen arrived, he ended up opting to take a ride with them as opposed to getting a ride from the prison officials to get on the train," Mount Hope Police Chief Paul Rickard said, according to CBS New York.

Mack and Edgar are jailed on attempted murder charges. Police don't know if they have lawyers.

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