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Peekskill Police: Man Fired Handgun In Direction of Neighbor's Head

Kenneth Schmidt, 47, of Peekskill, allegedly fired a handgun toward the direction of his neighbor's head during an argument on Oct. 30.

A Peekskill man is scheduled to appear in court next week after he allegedly fired a gun shot in the direction of his neighbor’s head during an at their Smith Street home.

Peekskill police arrested Kenneth Schmidt, 47, on Oct. 30 and charged him with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.

Just before 10:15 p.m., police received a call from a resident at a home on the 200 block of Smith Street. The resident told police that Schmidt, who is his upstairs neighbor, fired a shot from a handgun at his head during an argument.

A number of police officer surrounded the residents and managed to take Schmidt into custody without incident.  A .38-caliber handgun was also recovered at the scene.

Schmidt was arraigned and sent to Westchester County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Peekskill court on Nov. 15.

Cremlock Dregs November 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
At what point does firing in the direction of someone's head become attempted murder? Is it a matter of inches or feet? I'd like some clarification from EricJo and the boys back in the tank. In any case, Kenneth Schmidt shouldn't be shooting his weapon like that. If he threatened my head like that, I'd bust him one good.
joshua tanner November 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Was this shooting related to the other shooting several weeks ago on Smith St? The one where 5 shots were fired and a bullet was found embedded in a garage door?
leesther brown November 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I think not...but I gotta wonder if the supposedly "Suicide" that happened at that address was really a suicide?!!!
Cremlock Dregs November 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Good question. EricJo - please address. We need to know if we should be fully armed when we cruise Smith Street. As the Lizard King said, "The future's uncertain and the end is always near." If I hit pave on Smith, I want to be ready.

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