Police Identify Suspected Shooter, Victim Still Critical


OSWEGO – On Friday, October 26, at approximately 1:43 p.m. Oswego City Police responded to a report of a shooting on East Utica Street between East 10th and Duer streets in the city of Oswego.

Upon arrival at the scene, police located the victim, a 34-year-old man, who had an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim was transported from the scene to Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse.

Thomas E. Schrader
Thomas E. Schrader

Oswego Police also identified the suspected shooter, a 58-year-old man, who was also on the scene when police arrived.

The suspected shooter was transported from the scene to the Oswego Hospital for a medical evaluation.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the two men didn’t know each other prior to this incident, which allegedly began as a traffic related dispute which then escalated into a physical confrontation on East Utica Street near Duer Street resulting in one subject being shot multiple
times in the torso, police said today (October 27).

The weapon allegedly used, and recovered on scene, was a .40-caliber handgun.

It was determined through investigation to be legally possessed by the shooter at the time of the incident.

According to witness accounts, the incident first began near the intersection of East First Street at East Bridge Street in the city at about 1:36 p.m. when it is alleged that the two subjects exited their vehicles, of which they were both the sole occupants, and engaged in a verbal altercation related to a traffic dispute.

Both returned to their vehicles and drove south on East First Street, turning east on to East Utica Street.

The two subjects continued to the area of East Utica Street between East 10th and Duer streets where, while they were stopped in traffic, exited their vehicles, and engaged in the physical altercation, which subsequently resulted in the shots being fired.

Based upon evidence at the scene and witness accounts, at least four shots were fired with multiple rounds striking the 34-year-old man.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are not believed to have been a contributing factor in this incident.

Oswego Police Investigators, working with the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, have charged 58-year-old Thomas E. Schrader of Oswego with the following:

Attempted murder in the second degree. In violation of section 125.25 (1) of the NYS Penal code. This is a class B Felony.

Assault in the first degree. In violation of section 120.10 (1) of the NYS Penal code. This is a class B Felony.

Schrader was arraigned by Judge Mirabito, sitting as the magistrate for Oswego City Court, where he was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash / $200,000 bail bond.

He is to return to court November 13.

At this time, the victim, also an Oswego resident, remains in Upstate Medical University Hospital in critical condition and is undergoing medical procedures, police said.

The investigation remains on-going and anyone with information should contact Oswego Police at 315-343-1212.

Oswego Police were assisted at the scene by Oswego Fire Department, New York State Police, United States Border Patrol and Menter ambulance.