Corning woman arrested after attempting to shoot female

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CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – A Corning woman is in custody after allegedly attempting to shoot another woman and herself at a home on Buffalo Street Monday evening.

State and City Police, along with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, responded around 10:40 p.m. after a 911 caller claimed a woman attempted to shoot her during an argument.

Upon arrival, police were confronted by Laura Simons, 51, outside of the house. Simons reentered the home before surrendering to police.

Police say a .45 caliber handgun was loaded and that Simons was manipulating the weapon and trying to get it to fire. The weapon and ammunition were recovered at the scene.

Simons has been charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, felony Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, and misdemeanor Menacing in the 2nd degree.

 Simons was taken to the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and arraigned Tuesday evening by Judge Jennifer Donlon, a Hornell City Judge.

Simon was released from custody on her own recognizance. No bail was set and she will appear in Corning City Court at a later date.

The investigation into this matter is continuing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review. The DA’s Office will decide on any increase in charges or additional charges.

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