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Saranac man sustains severe gunshot wound

SARANAC - One man is in critical condition and another is in custody following a shooting incident in the town of Saranac.

According to state police, Jamie F. LaPorte, 35, Saranac, sustained a single gunshot wound to the head while at the Standish Road residence of Clark P. Ray, 42, also of Saranac, April 10. A preliminary investigation revealed LaPorte then drove himself from the scene and drove into a snow bank on Cold Brook Road. Police and rescue personnel were then notified at 11:49 p.m.

LaPorte, who remained conscious, reportedly provided details of the shooting incident, indicating there were numerous weapons in Ray's residence. State police responded to the residence and established a perimeter at which time Ray reportedly failed to exit the residence or communicate with authorities.

A search warrant was obtained for Ray's residence, and efforts to establish communication with Ray continued throughout the morning but were unsuccessful.

The state police Special Operations Response Team entered the mobile home at approximately 12:39 p.m., taking Ray into custody. Several weapons and other evidence were seized during the execution of the search warrant.

Ray was charged with second-degree criminal posession of a weapon and third-degree criminal sale of a weapon.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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