CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON — Police have identified a Greenport business owner as the shooter in a double murder-suicide in the town of Schodack, state police Troop G Public Information Officer Kerra M. Burns said Friday.
Bhupinder Singh, 57, has owned Pitstop 66 Discount Beverage, located at 179 Union Turnpike in Greenport, since 2008, according to property records.
A preliminary investigation by police determined Jasleen Kaur, 14, and Manjeet Kaur, 55, both of Castleton on Hudson, died from gunshot wounds sustained during a domestic incident their residence at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, Burns said.
Singh died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Burns said.
All three bodies were found inside the home where Singh lived on Angelo Avenue in Schodack, Burns said.
A fourth resident of the home, Rashpal Kaur, 40, sustained a gunshot wound to the arm, but fled the residence.
Kaur is being treated at Albany Medical Centerfor non-life-threatening wounds, Burns said.
Pitstop 66 Discount Beverage has been closed since the incident.
A handwritten sign on the front door of the Greenport business states it will be closed until further notice.
Karen Hamm has been a clerk at the store for the past four years.
She was at the closed store Friday and said she is not sure when the store will reopen.
Singh, or “Bob,” as he was known to his customers and friends, was a very nice man, very friendly and loved his customers, Hamm said.
“I was in a state of shock when I heard the news,” she added.
A former clerk at Pitstop, Brian Wheeler, had kind words for his former employer. Singh would do anything for anybody, Wheeler said.
He loved to cook and grill, and would always call neighboring businesses to come over and eat when he was out grilling, Wheeler added.
If a customer came up a little short on the bill, Singh would say, “make it good the next time you come in,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler was in a state of shock when he learned of the murder-suicide Thursday morning, he said.
Wheeler worked for Singh at Pitstop from 2008-09, and the two remained friends after Wheeler took a new job across the street.
Singh often helped people, said Shershah Mizan, Hudson’s 3rd Ward alderman and a clerk at the Route 66 Food Mart across the street from Pitstop,
He donated to various charitable causes and he was willing to help, Mizan said.
Singh wanted to keep his property looking nice for his customers, Mizan added.
When Mizan first heard about the shooting Wednesday night, he said his first thought was, “I don’t believe it, this can’t be true,” he said.
Pitstop 66 is well known in the area for selling locally crafted and imported beers, and for having a wide selection of beer and cigars.
The investigation into the Wednesday night incident continues in conjunction with Schodack police and the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office.
Assisting at the scene Wednesday night were the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, Nassau Police Department, Nassau Ambulance, Castleton Volunteer Ambulance, Mohawk Ambulance and W.F. Bruen Rescue Squad, Burns said.