Rome man faces weapons charge following gunfire

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A Rome man has been charged after gunfire was reported on North Washington Street very early Friday morning, according to a report by law enforcement officials.

Police said there was a report of shots fired in the 300 block at about 3 a.m. Friday.

A suspect was identified as 43-year-old Joseph N. Williams, and he was spotted in a vehicle and stopped on South James Street.

Police said a loaded .380-caliber handgun and several shell casings were found in the
vehicle.

Police said Williams’ intended target remains under investigation. Police said a vehicle was hit by the gunfire but that no people were injured in the shooting.

Williams is charged with one count of second-degree possession of a weapon, police stated. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.

Anyone with information on the gunfire is asked to call the Detective Division at 315-339-7716 or Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477.

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