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Suspect Charged In Shooting That Led To School Lockouts In Region

Woods Road in Clermont (marked in red).
Woods Road in Clermont (marked in red). Photo Credit: Google Maps

A suspect has been charged after a shooting in the region forced several schools into lockouts.

The shooting happened in Columbia County on Woods Road on Friday, June 10 in the town of Clermont.

One injured victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, police said. 

The suspect fled the scene and was apprehended in the city of Hudson by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and members of the state police.

On Saturday, June 11, state police announced that an investigation determined Columbia County resident Tremaine A. Harris, age 21, of the Town of Ghent, specifically targeted and attempted to murder the owner of a private estate on Woods Road.

Harris fired multiple times with a 12-gauge tactical shotgun, striking the victim in a leg, said state police. 

Several additional estate employees were in the vicinity of the victim as Tremaine opened fire, said police.

The injuries sustained by the victim are believed to be non-life-threatening, police noted.

Harris has been charged with:

  • Second-degree attempted murder, a Class B felony, 
  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class C felony, 
  • Three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, a Class D felony.

Further investigation allowed for the obtainment of a search warrant for the residence of Tremaine Harris granted by a Columbia County Court magistrate. 

 At the residence, Investigators located the following:

  • Smith & Wesson 44-magnum revolver, which police say was stolen,
  • Smith & Wesson .380 body guard semiautomatic handgun, which police says was also stolen, 
  • Smith & Wesson model 36 revolver. 

Police said all three guns were illegally possessed by Terrence S. Harris, age 42. 

Terrence Harris was subsequently arrested and charged with:

  •  Three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony,
  • Two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a Class E felony.

Tremaine and Terrence Harris were arraigned before the town of Clermont Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, June 15.

This investigation remains ongoing. 

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