Police: Neighbor shoots neighbor in Moreau

October 09, 2017 06:01 PM

MOREAU - New York State Police investigators, some using metal detectors, others on all fours, were looking for clues Monday in the shooting that shocked this neighborhood.

"My boyfriend called to make sure we were okay and we were safe and to make sure our doors were locked," said Missy Root who has lived on Laurel Road for 13 years.

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The shooting happened at around 9:45 Sunday night. Police and EMS are called to 16 Laurel Road for a man who's been shot.

Cassandra Lacy, who lives across the street, thought it was fireworks.

"I didn't realize until the cops showed up that it was somebody shooting somebody else," Lacy said.

Turns out it was the homeowner, Michael Desnoyers, who was shot. Police say it was his next door neighbor who did the shooting. They've charged 24-year-old Joey Castro with first degree assault, which carries the same maximum sentence as attempted murder.

The 35-year-old Desnoyers was taken to Albany Med by helicopter, where police say he's expected to survive.

Neighbors say Desnoyers was having an outdoor party Sunday night as he often does, but they didn't expect it to end the way it did.

"It is pretty shocking," said Root. "They kind of keep to themselves. They're maybe a little more rowdy than maybe the other people that live here, but nothing like this has ever happened. This was very unexpected."

Castro is being held at the Saratoga County Jail.

"It's pretty scary, but it's kind of like the world we live in unfortunately," added Lacy.

NewsChannel 13 asked Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen why Castro was charged with assault in the first degree, not attempted murder.

Heggen said without seeing the police paperwork, she can only tell us the charges differ based on intent. Assault requires intent to cause serious physical injury, Heggen said. Attempted murder, requires intent to cause death.


Mark Mulholland

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