A nursing home employee was shot in the face this afternoon on Kellogg Road by a city man who fired a pellet gun at her, according to the Cortland Police Department.
The 42-year-old woman was standing about 8:10 p.m. outside her workplace, Crown Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, when she was shot in the mouth, according to a police news release. The woman sustained a small hole to her bottom lip and two of her teeth were knocked out, while a third tooth was loosened, wrote Lt. Michael Strangeway.
Before the shooting, the woman was standing near the road looking at her cell phone, Strangeway stated. She heard a “loud pop,” felt pain in her mouth and tasted something metallic all at once, he said. As blood began pouring out of her mouth, she looked up to see a man hurrying into a residence across the street, Strangeway said.
City police and TLC Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene, according to the release. The woman took herself to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, but was later transported to a Syracuse hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.
City police began an investigation and tried to interview the man across the street, according to the release. The man was identified as Shawn Fagan, 52, who lives in the residence at 33 Kellogg Road with his mother, Strangeway stated.
Fagan refused to cooperate with officers and told police there were no weapons inside the house, Strangeway stated. Fagan prevented his mother from talking to officers when she came to the door, shouting at her, “Don’t tell them anything!”, according to the release. Fagan insisted officers get a warrant to enter the home, which they did, returning a short time later with the search warrant, police stated.
During their search, investigators found a high-powered pellet gun wrapped in aluminum foil in Fagan’s room, as well as a loaded shotgun and an unloaded shotgun, Strangeway stated.
Investigators were shocked during the search by the unhealthy living conditions in the home, which they described as “horrific” and “a state of utter filth,” he said.
Fagan refused to talk to officers regarding the shooting, Strangeway said, but told officers on the scene he believes the nursing home is full of criminals.
In previous encounters with officers Fagan also stated Crown Park is a “front” a criminal enterprise and is housing illegal immigrants, Strangeway noted.
In actuality, Crown Park is a nursing home and rehabilitation provider.
Fagan was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Fagan was arraigned in City Court and released with an appearance ticket for Jan. 22.