Sheriff's deputies investigating several incidents resulting in vehicle damage on I-390

Updated: 05/02/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 5:28 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Drivers are on edge about using one of our area's busiest highways. Now, there is even more concerns as officials confirm more claims of vehicles possibly being hit by bullets. It all comes on the heels of Thursday’s massive investigation after a driver says his truck was hit by a bullet on I-390 in Gates. That investigation was the second of its kind in just over a week. Last Wednesday, another driver said their car was hit by a bullet in 390 in Greece.

On Friday, sheriff’s deputies released a statement saying they’re investigating several incidents where cars have been damaged along 390. They say it is too early to know how the vehicles were damaged or whether there’s any link between them. They are encouraging drivers to stay alert and report anything suspicious.

These investigations have a lot of people on edge. News10NBC wanted to get you some answers. Law enforcement didn't want to talk on camera, but the supervisors of Greece and Gates did.

Mark Assini, Gates Town Supervisor, said, “Right now, there is no indication that what happened in 390 in Gates is a shooting. In fact, just the opposite, it appears to be some sort of debris that hit the windshield.

Mark Assini is the Gates Town Supervisor. He admits he doesn’t know much about the Greece investigation, but he has been told by law enforcement there is nothing to worry about in Gates.

News10NBC showed drivers the warning from the sheriff’s office. Deputies are looking at other vehicles damaged while driving on I-390. 

Jerlad Leslie said, “It makes me feel a little uncomfortable. With the job that I have, I stay on the highway, but I tried to stay away from it based on the incident alone, so it makes me a little weary.

 Jeff Vandemar said. “I've definitely been looking around a lot more. I go down 390 a lot, both ways.”

That’s exactly what the sheriff’s office is asking people to do, “stay alert.” Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says the same thing. 

Bill Reilich, Greece Town Supervisor, said, “It is hard to say. There have been some incidents there on 390. I would avoid it, but we really don't know what we are up against at this point.”

Assini said, “I’m not a criminologist, but I will tell you this it has been a rough winter. The roads have broken up pretty bad. There is debris flying in many neighborhoods, including 390. So, at this point, the indication is, it was just debris hitting the window.”

News10NBC will continue to track this story and bring you updates as we get them.

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