BATAVIA — A suspect in Wednesday night’s shooting near the Days Inn has been taken into custody and is being interrogated by city police, Chief Shawn Heubusch said this morning.
Heubusch said that more information would be released later today.
The man was taken into custody about seven hours after the shooting.
The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m.
The victim, a man, walked into Days Inn motel, 200 Oak St., after being shot in the chest.
He was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Heubusch late Wednesday said city police are still looking into what led to the shooting.
“We’re gathering evidence from the scene. We’re also gathering video evidence, as well as interviewing people to determine what precipitated this event,” he said. “What I can say is it is apparent that the two people did know each other or were familiar with each other and met here for some reason. My understanding is they’re both area residents.”
Heubusch said that police received a call at about 9:30 about a person that had come into the Days Inn motel, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
“We do have a person of interest that we are seeking at this point in time. We’re not going to release that information due to the ongoing investigation,” Heubusch said.
Heubusch said the victim was conscious and alert at the time of transport.
“I can’t speak to the injury severity at this point. He’s being looked at by medical professionals. He was speaking with the officers before he was transported,” he said.
Police are trying to determine where the shooting actually took place, Heubusch said.
“We do believe it was nearby,” he said of the location of the shooting. “The manager or whoever’s on the desk called 911 from there. The officer showed up and immediately summoned for EMS to assist.”
Heubusch said both subjects are known to the police department. He said he didn’t know the age of the victim.
“There is a vehicle description that was given out. I’m not going to disclose what that it at this point, because we’re still looking for it. We feel pretty confident that we have a suspect identified.
The area around the Days Inn will remained closed at this time, Heubusch said. A police car blocked off Oak Street at Noonan Drive, which runs along the side of the motel.
“This will remain closed while they do their tech work here as well as do some video recovery from the this area. We ask people to stay away from this area at this point in time, due to the ongoing police investigation, but we have no reason to believe that there is an active shooter on the loose or anything like that.”
Heubusch said police believe a handgun was used in the shooting.
“I do not have any further description of that. That’s information we would keep during this investigation. My knowledge is we have not recovered a weapon at this point,” he said.
Heubusch said the suspect is not believed to be a general threat to the public.