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Jose Garcia-Vellen charged in shooting outside Tops in Seneca Falls, NY

A Seneca County man has been charged in connection with a shooting outside a Seneca Falls grocery store on Sunday afternoon.

Jose A. Garcia-Vellen, 35, of Waterloo, was charged with first-degree assault in connection with the incident, which occurred in the afternoon, according to Seneca Falls police. He is accused of shooting another person in the parking lot outside the Tops Friendly Markets store on State Routes 5 and 20 in the city of Seneca Falls, east of nearby Waterloo.

Garcia-Vellen allegedly shot another person after an argument between the two, officials said. The victim was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment. Seneca Falls police told other media that the victim, a man, was shot in the face.

The police assume that the two men knew each other.

Garcia-Vellen is being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending arraignment, police said.

Officials said Sunday that they believe the altercation and shooting were “an isolated incident” and that “there is no threat to public safety from this incident.”

Officials are still investigating the shooting. No further details have been released.

Statement from Tops

Tops Friendly Markets released the following statement on Sunday:

“This morning, a shooting incident occurred outside the Tops in Waterloo, NY. One person was transported to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The suspect is in custody.

We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation. The store has reopened after a temporary closure.

For further information regarding the incident, please contact local authorities.”