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Crown Point man allegedly shot by brother

Gunshot wound to the head leaves victim in serious condition

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain and Assistant Zone Commander  Patrick Ryan for the New York State Police hold a press conference at the Crown Point Fire House on June 19.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain and Assistant Zone Commander Patrick Ryan for the New York State Police hold a press conference at the Crown Point Fire House on June 19. Photo by Katherine Clark.

CROWN POINT — Unknown circumstances resulted in the shooting of one brother and the arrest of another June 19, police said.

At approximately 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Essex County Emergency dispatch received a call from David Lange, 70, who reported that his brother Russell, 63, had been shot at the farm they shared on 325 Lake Street.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert Lafountain later said that David had admitted to the shooting.

Russell was brought to Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was later airlifted to Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.

As of Tuesday evening, Russell remained in “grave condition,” according to Lafountain. David was taken into custody without incident.

Emergency response arrived on the scene and found both brothers in the driveway of the home. David appeared to be unharmed according to Lafountain. Police located and secured a rifle after arriving on the scene according to Assistant Zone B Commander of the New York State Police Patrick Ryan.

Lafountain said as of Tuesday night the incident is still under investigation and law enforcement can only speculate the circumstances that led to the shooting.

“We believe it was an isolated incident and we would like to emphasize there is no threat to public safety at this time,” Lafountain said.

David is being charged with Second Degree Attempted Murder. Police have set an arraignment for David for June 20 at noon.

Because of the size of the family farm, emergency personnel blocked off about a half a mile of Lake Street for most of the day on Tuesday while police attempted to obtain a search warrant.

Police were assisted by the state Violent Crime Investigation Team and Forensic Investigation Team.

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