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NY corrections worker charged with attempted murder

NORWICH, NY -- A New York State Department of Corrections employee was charged with attempted murder after a shooting early Sunday morning in Norwich, according to CBS affiliate WBNG.

Wayne Spratley, 33, of Greene, was arraigned Sunday afternoon in Chenango County Court after allegedly shooting a man around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, reports the station.

Sprately is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, a class B felony, says the station, and reportedly the Norwich Police Department says additional charges against Spratley are pending.

Norwich Police were called to Lackawanna Ave. Sunday morning on reports of a man holding a weapon. Upon arrival, officers heard gunshots.

According to police, the victim -- who has not yet been identified -- was in a parking lot off of Lackawanna Ave, reports WBNG.

Police said the victim appeared to have been shot in the abdomen, reports the station.

The victim was transported to Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, and from there, to University Hospital in Syracuse.

The last known information from University Hospital was that the victim was in 'critical' condition, according to WBNG.

Prior to the arraignment, several eyewitnesses told the station that they thought the victim was dead.

"I got up and there were two people wrestling outside my bedroom window on the ground," said eyewitness John Hildebrandt, who says he was friends with the victim. "The next thing I knew, I heard two gun shots and there you go."

Markings of two shell casings and a blood stain were still visible in the parking lot as of Sunday, according to the station.

"It makes me think twice about sending my wife to the store for something. We do a lot of walking because we live right in town and I wont let her go now," said another witness, Seth Dibble. "I have three kids and it really rattles me as a father to know stuff like this is happening so close to home."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Norwich Police at 607-334-1212.

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