October 23, 2021

Fight over money led to Cortland shooting

A fight that started over apparently stolen money led to a Groton man shooting at two people, hitting one, who remained in stable condition this morning, say Cortland police and court documents.

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

Bailey was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies; and prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor. Bailey was scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. today in Cortland City Court.

Bailey is also wanted in Florida after absconding while on parole, Strangeway said.

Cortland City 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 a man who had been shot once, according to a news release from police. That man was identified in Cortland City Court documents as Anthony Bryant.

They provided first aid until TLC Emergency Medical Service ambulance and Cortland firefighters arrived. Bryant was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

The shooting was allegedly the result of two men not sticking up for a woman and a man during an altercation over money being allegedly stolen from the woman, court documents state.

Deyanna Dublin, 19, told police that $120 was stolen out of her fanny pack Friday after she accidentally left it at the home of Shellie Hart, 12 Vennette St., Cortland

Dublin told police that she and Hart’s daughter, Katrina Hart had decided to go buy marijuana, but before they left Dublin needed to use the bathroom and accidentally left the pack behind.

When Dublin returned to the Vennette Street house, an argument ensued with Hart’s mother, her boyfriend Tyshawn Pittman, Dublin’s brother Jaymez Bailey and Dublin over who took the money.

Dublin said that both she and Pittman acknowledged that they could each go get people to fight.

Eventually, Dublin and Jaymez Bailey left the house to pick up Donald Sampson Jr. and Anthony Bryant from a party and then returned to Hart’s house.

“Shellie said that Tyshawn was about to be here and that he had gone to get people,” Dublin said in her police statement. “I called Robert Bailey, I call him Rob. I told Rob what was going on and he said that he was coming out here. I told him not to come out here and that I had everything under control. I didn’t want him to come out here and I didn’t want him at Trina’s house because he bugs out and he would have been over there trying to fight everybody.”

Dublin and Katrina Hart said that when Tyshawn Pittman arrived, he brought his cousin Kaywon Pittman with him, who then punched Jaymez in the face.

Dublin told police that Kaywon Pittman punched her in the mouth. Between all of the fighting, Dublin said she called Robert Bailey and told him to come.

Dublin said she eventually left Venette Street, chasing after Tyshawn and Kaywon Pittman.

“I [was] thinking I was going to run them over if I could catch them,” Dublin said.

Dublin said she was then pulled over by police, but eventually released.

Dublin said she then met with Bailey, who she refers to as her father.

“Rob pulled a handgun from his waistband,” Dublin said. “I have seen Rob with a gun before and I knew the gun was real. DJ (Donald Sampson Jr.) and Anthony just kept walking up towards us, I’m sure they had no idea they were in danger. I heard Rob say something like ‘So you guys were standing right there when my kids got hit and ain’t do nothing.’ Right after he said that, I saw Robert Bailey raise the gun and began firing from left to right and then back left. I believe he fired five times, but I can’t be exactly sure.”

Dublin said Bryant tripped and when he was getting back up to run away she said she thought Rob shot him.

The gun was not recovered, police said in a news release Sunday.

Both Katrina Hart and Dublin were issued orders of protection against Robert Bailey.