December 2, 2021

Groton man faces charges in city shooting

Robert S. Bailey accused in assault on 18-year-old man Saturday morning

A Groton man is in Cortland County Jail without bail awaiting his next court date after Cortland City police said he shot an 18-year-old man Saturday morning on Church Street.

Robert S. Bailey, 39, of 7 Short Road was arrested without incident about 7 p.m. Saturday during a traffic stop in the village of Groton, said city Lt. Michael Strangeway.

Bailey was charged with these felonies:

  • First-degree assault.
  • First- degree reckless endangerment.
  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was also charged with prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Strangeway said the man is also wanted in Florida for after absconding while on parole.

Police responded at 12:52 a.m. to the area near 60 Central Ave., the Cortland County Office Building, for a report of multiple shots fired. When they arrived, they found the man, who had been shot once, police said. They provided first aid until TLC Emergency Medical Service ambulance and Cortland firefighters arrived.

The victim was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he remains in stable condition.

Police investigators said shots were fired in the street near Church Street and Central Avenue following a fight earlier in the evening at a city residence, Strangeway said. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators determined Bailey had shot the man and he said that police conducted a traffic stop because it was the safer option to take him into custody, Strangeway said. The gun was not recovered. Bailey is due to appear at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Cortland City Court.