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Rochester man charged in Utica shooting that put victim in critical condition

Brandell Watkins, 35, is charged with a shooting in Utica.

A Rochester man is accused of shooting a man in Utica multiple times over the weekend.

According to Utica Police, officers were dispatched to the intersection of South St. and Kossuth Ave. around 10:15 p.m. Friday, December 14th, regarding a possible shooting investigation.

When officers arrived, they located the victim, Jonathan Hines, 38, who had been struck multiple times by gunfire, police said.

The Utica Fire Department transported Hines to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.

Hines remains in critical condition.

On Monday, Utica Police say they charged 35-year-old Brandell Watkins, of Rochester, in connection with the shooting.

Officers say Watkins is charged with 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Criminal Use of a Firearm, and 2nd Degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, but more charges may be added in the future.

Utica Police say they were assisted by Rochester Police and State Police in the arrest.

The Utica Police Department asks that if anyone has information regarding the incident to please contact Major Crimes at 315 269 7440 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 315 223 3510.

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