The young man who was murdered is the son of a friend and colleague of ours. The older man who got shot is our friend's ex.
A Bainbridge man has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old in a fitness center parking lot Monday.
Derek D. Prindle, 26, of Afton, died after being shot at about 1:30 p.m. outside Peak Fitness on Route 7 in Bainbridge, state police said. His father, 60-year-old Derek S. Prindle of Afton, was also shot and remains hospitalized, Trooper Nathan Riegal said today.
John M. Guzy, 56, of Bainbridge, was taken into custody after the shooting and charged with second-degree murder. He was arraigned in Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County jail.
Police are still investigating to piece together a motive in the shooting.
"It looks like this was a road rage type of incident," Riegal said. "It doesn't look like they even knew each other ... but their dispute ended up in the parking lot."
The murderer is apparently a former New York City cop.
What exactly happened is not clear, but local reporting is that a tailgating incident turned into a nightmare.
A lot of NYC cops retire to the Southern Tier of NY, or the Northern Tier of PA. Without exception, in my purely anecdotal experience, NYC cops who retire to this part of the world are, generally, to varying degrees, unpleasant, paranoid, gun-nut racists. I will bet anyone a nickel this angry asshole had a Repeal the SAFE Act sign in his front yard.
Scott had a post up the other day about how comparing upstate NY to Alabama is facile. This particular story shows why that's true in a pretty horrible way. If we're ever going to get to grips with our many American nightmares, we have to abandon self-flattering just-so stories about Us and Them, and get down to cases. In upstate NY, the child of a philosophy professor, a young man who loved cinema profoundly and aesthetically, was murdered over nothing by a Big City Yahoo. Riddle me that!
Be that as it may.
The son of a friend and colleague, someone dear to myself and MollyI, has been shot and killed. When it's appropriate I will ask our friend where she might like any donations directed, and then I shall pass that along to youse guys.
This is the second time in my life that I've had some sort of personal connection with a twenty-something murdered by a lunatic with a gun.
I am profoundly unsympathetic to the "let's all have guns" crowd. I am far too sad and angry now to even curse.