Being in the wrong place at the wrong time

Posted at: 07/04/2013 5:52 PM
Updated at: 07/04/2013 6:18 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

When you leave your house for work or school or the store, do you ever think you'll never make it back? 

Consider the story of Gene McDougal. He was driving last week, minding his own business, when he was caught in the cross fire of that shootout between Rochester Police and a murder suspect.
News10NBC found out the bullet he was hit with came from a police gun.

McDougal is out of the hospital, still recovering from that police bullet wound. No one came to the door when News10NBC's Berkeley Brean went to his house. His mother said, through her front door, that the family is fine and as far as she knows, so is her son. His neighbors still can't believe what happened to him.

John Owens, neighbor, said, “Upset, astonished. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

John and Marie Owens live next door to Gene McDougal. They know him by his middle name, so they didn't know this story came to their neighborhood until late.

Marie Owens, neighbor, said, “After we found out what happened, we just tried to figure it out. You go any place and you don't know if you're going to be in the line of fire, just minding your own business. It's very scary.”

McDougal was caught in the crossfire during the shootout between Rochester police and a wanted murder suspect. Police say the suspect opened fire on them first.

McDougal was driving on Norton Street and when he got to the intersection with Goodman Street, that's when he was shot. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

John Owens said, “Unbelievable. I mean he was just minding his own business doing whatever he was doing and here he winds up in the hospital shot. The police were defending themselves from a very bad man evidently and you know, he just got caught in the middle.”

Marie Owens said, “Everything probably happened very quickly, I don't have an opinion on that.   I guess I'm sure the officer that shot him is very upset as well.”

Police say McDougal was shot by a bullet from the gun of Sergeant Flemur Zenelovic. The sergeant was the one initially shot by the murder suspect. McDougal under went surgery and spent several days in the hospital.