UPD makes 2nd arrest in drive-by shooting that left 1 paralyzed

Utica police believe they have arrested the gunman involved in a shooting earlier this month that left the victim paralyzed.

Police say they had information that the suspect in the case was at a location on Jefferson Avenue. After conducting surveillance on the scene, police say they saw the suspect, Abdirhin Mohamed, leave the home, get into a vehicle and drive away.

That vehicle was pulled over a short time later and Mohamed was arrested. The 19-year-old is charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

Police believe Mohamed, Hicks and another person left a party that night and received a ride to the 800 block of Bleecker Street. But when they arrived, the group began beating the driver and a front passenger in an attempt to rob them. At one point, one of the victims was shot in the back and is now paralyzed, police said, and it is believed that Mohamed is the one who pulled the trigger.

Earlier this week, police in Utica arrested and charged 20-year-old Tahjer Hicks with Robbery in the first degree and Assault in the first degree in connection with the November 12 shooting.

In announcing the arrest on Facebook, UPD also asked that you keep the victim in your thoughts and prayers:

“According to the medical assessments so far, it appears that the paralysis is likely to be permanent. We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he and his family navigate this very difficult time.”

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes only. Any charges or accusations of wrongdoing mentioned in the article are only allegations and the reader is reminded that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.]

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