There’s shock and outrage in Port Jervis where the city is dealing with its first murder in several years. A young man was gunned down in front of several people, and as Lori Chung reports, many want to know why.
PORT JERVIS, N.Y. -- Questions remain in the neighborhood where Randy Kizer, 21, lost his life. The news is unnerving to neighbors who live near the intersection of Neversink Avenue and Prospect Street where Kizer was gunned down.
“We have this here in a small town like Port Jervis,” said one woman. “[There were] little kids playing, I was shoveling snow 15 minutes before.”
“The suspect was following the victim’s vehicle throughout several city blocks,” said Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden.
Investigators identify the shooter as Todd Sinclair, 26, an acquaintance of the victim.
“He was trying to run him off to a snow bank or off the road,” said Worden.
Police say the suspect chased Kizer to the intersection spot. When the young man got out of his car to see what was going on, that’s when cops say the suspect pulled out a gun.
“It was definitely a violent, heinous crime," said Worden. "The defendant had a clear intention on killing this victim.”
Sinclair allegedly fled the scene, but cops caught up with him just two hours later in Monroe. In the meantime, a remembrance page for Kizer has been set up on Facebook. Many who post on the page want to know why anyone would want Kizer dead. So far, police aren’t revealing a motive.
Sinclair is now facing at least five felony counts, including second degree murder and first degree manslaughter. He’s being held at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen.