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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • State police ID victim of shooting in Bath

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  • State police have identified the victim of Monday night’s shooting in Bath.
    The victim was Mori Prout, 33, of Rochester, according to Inv. Donald Rodbourne of the Bath-based New York State Police.
    Prout was listed in guarded condition at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital as of Wednesday afternoon. The hospital only gives two categories for patient conditions, guarded and satisfactory, but police say his wounds are life-threatening.
    Prout was allegedly shot in the head and chest by Steven Alexander, 24, also of Rochester, shortly before midnight Monday in a boarding house at 42 Belfast St. in the Village of Bath, just outside the grounds of the Bath VA Medical Center.
    After the shooting, Alexander and two men with him at the time left Bath and drove back toward Rochester, authorities say. They were spotted in Lima by a Livingston County sheriff’s deputy. A car chase ensued, the suspect’s vehicle crashed, and the three men fled on foot.
    A manhunt involving foot patrols, canine units and helicopters followed, and the three men were taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    Alexander is charged with first-degree assault, a Class B felony which alleges intentionally causing serious injuries with a weapon.
    State police have not identified the two other men caught with Alexander or announced charges against them.
    The shooting of Prout may have been drug-related, according to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, but the investigation is ongoing.
    According to media reports, Prout was also the victim of a stabbing that occurred during a fight in Rochester’s Flower City Park in 2010.

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