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It was a violent Tuesday in the City of Newburgh after a teenage boy was shot and another man stabbed. Our Meredith Zaritheny has more on how grant money Newburgh Police just received could help curb violence in the city.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "I was laying on the couch and all of a sudden we hear bang, bang, bang, bang, bang and I was like oh my god not another gun shot," said Maria Brown, a Newburgh resident.
Newburgh Police say it happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Liberty Street. That's when they say a 15-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie where police say he's listed in stable condition.
"We have a shooting for a 15-year-old by a suspect. We're working on that case. The detectives were on the scene at the time. Evidence has been recovered," said Michael Ferarra, City of Newburgh Police Chief.
Police say there was also a stabbing the same night on Walsh Road, the two incidents happened within just minutes of one and other.
"He was approached by three masked males who approached him and there was no argument and no provocation no robbery. They approached him and assaulted him with a knife," said Ferrara.
Chief Ferrara says the man was stabbed in the abdomen and his injuries are not life threatening. While the violence, according to Ferrara, is unrelated, he says his squad is stretched thin, but with the help of a $21,000 federal grant, he hopes to provide the department with more resources.
"Traditionally, we use it for equipment or maybe special operations, patrol, patrol operations, patrol plans things like that which we establish, so it's all crime fighting related," said Ferrara.
And maybe give residents like Maria Brown some piece of mind.
"I'm really tired because every time people getting shot and I'm scared," said Brown.
Police say both investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made.