New York Mills, N.Y. - New York Mills Police officials say luckily no one was struck by a single gunshot that was fired inside the Pizza Boys restaurant and bar on Clinton St. Thursday night.
Lead investigator Zachary Ambrose says the bullet missed a musician, who was performing on s small stage in the corner of the bar, by about a foot, “There was somebody on stage and the bullet ended up lodging into a wall, where he was less than a foot away from.”
After a surveillance photo of the person that police were looking for aired Friday morning on our morning newscast, police say someone called in and identified the suspect as 27-year-old Tyler Vanderhoof of Verona.
Police say when they located Vanderhoof a short time later, he was arrested without incident.
Right now police have not determined whether the gun went off accidentally or there was indeed a target.
Vanderhoof is charged with reckless endangerment, but police say more charges are pending.
Ambrose says if was a chaotic scene when the 45 people or so inside Pizza Boys realized a gun had been fired, “A lot of them appeared in shock, multiple people on their cell phones, appear to be talking other people about what was going on. It’s a very good thing no one was hurt during the incident but it could’ve been a lot worse than it actually was.”
Pizza Boys owner Shane Carney tells News Channel 2 he is thankful no one was hurt and released the following statement, “By now we're sure most of you have heard about the incident on Thursday evening. We assure you that this was an isolated incident, and no one was hurt. We continue to thank everyone in our community for their concern and support. The individual responsible has been apprehended and is in police custody. We are working closely with all levels of law enforcement to fully understand the details of the incident. The safety and security of our customers and staff is our primary concern.”
Ambrose says Vanderhoof has not yet been arraigned on the charge, but when it does happen it will take place in the Central Arraignment facility at the Oneida County Correctional Facility in Oriskany.