The 24-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges following an incident at a store in Dutchess County.

On Tuesday, May 7, at approximately 10:48 p.m, a male subject walked into a store located 352 Main Street in Poughkeepsie to make a purchase.

The clerk in the store told the man he was not allowed in the store because on a prior occasion the man had caused a disturbance in the store.

Prior to leaving the store he deliberately knocked over a rack, spilling the contents. As the clerk came around the counter to escort the man out, he pulled a handgun from his person and fired one round at the clerk, narrowly missing him. The man then fled the store.

After an investigation, the man, Nicholas Cato, a 24-year-old city resident, was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder second-degree,  and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

He is being held pending arraignment.

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