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Woman witnesses shooting in Utica, helps victim

A Utica man is charged with second-degree attempted murder in connection to a shooting on St. Vincent Street in Utica Wednesday night.

Posted: May 31, 2018 5:27 PM
Updated: May 31, 2018 6:23 PM

A Utica man is charged with second-degree attempted murder in connection to a shooting on St. Vincent Street in Utica Wednesday night, and Utica police say he shot himself in the groin while leaving the scene on St. Vincent.

Nineteen-year-old Zachary Garcia-Kenyon is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He's accused of shooting a 19-year-old man near St. Vincent and South streets around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

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Lilly Suarez, who lives nearby, saw it happen.

"There was three. One of the boys went over to the victim that got shot and close range and shot him," said Suarez. "But then backed up...the guy...the kid backed up and shot him twice. Shot twice again."

With no thought for herself, Suarez rushed to help the victim, kneeling in his blood.

"I just ran over to him and I literally saw his artery and I grabbed it and I pinched it so he could stop bleeding," said Suarez. "He was telling me he had a son. He was in and out."

RELATED: Police: Man charged in St. Vincent Street shooting shot himself in the groin

Suarez says it was chaotic, with several neighbors screaming at the graphic scene playing out in front of them, while others tried to stop the victim's bleeding. Suarez's clothing was blood-stained by the time paramedics arrived.

"And he was just looking at me, like right in my soul and I was just like, 'Just look at me! Just look at me! You're gonna be OK! I was just not letting him go," Suarez said. "No way."

Suarez plans on visiting the victim at the hospital. 

Utica police say both men are still hospitalized, recovering from their injuries. They have not identified the St. Vincent Street victim, pointing out that he and the accused suspect are in the same hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Police say that as of late Thursday, the St. Vincent Street victim was in the intensive care unit, in critical but stable condition.

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