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Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media The house at Waldorf Ridge Road where a shooting occurred early Sunday.

A Columbia County man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot a man several times at a Halloween party in Copake on Sunday morning, state police said.

Jesus Figueroa, 26, of Hudson, was charged with attempted murder, a class A felony, and criminal possession of a weapon (a loaded firearm), a class C felony, according to state police.

Figueroa was taken into custody by state police Sunday night near a relative’s home in Philmont. Police also executed a search warrant at that address, police said.

He was sent to Columbia County Jail without bail after his arraignment in Claverack Town Court.

The man who was shot, who has not been identified by police, was airlifted at about 1 a.m. to Albany Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

The man, who underwent surgery early Sunday to repair several bullet wounds, is expected to recover, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said.

The shooting occurred at a Halloween party held at a home on Waldorf Ridge Road in Copake at about 12:30 a.m., state police said.

“The homeowner hosted a Halloween party for several friends,” according to state police. “Throughout the night, the party grew to more than 60 guests as it was advertised on social media. During the party, an argument between attendees broke out and the victim was shot several times with a handgun.”

The guests were mostly teenagers and adults in their early 20s, Czajka said.

It is unclear if the alleged victim was the intended target. Police declined to comment on motive, saying the investigation is ongoing. Police have also declined to say whether the handgun was found. Police declined to say whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the shooting. Beer cans could be seen lying on the ground outside the home midday Sunday.

“A preliminary investigation has determined that the incident is isolated and there is no specific threat to the community,” according to state police.

Members of the state police’s Forensic Investigation Unit have been at the scene collecting evidence.

The investigation is ongoing, and police said they are still piecing together the events of that night. State police are urging anyone with information about the Halloween party or the shooting to contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 518-851-2972.

State police Livingston were assisted by the city of Hudson Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County District Attorney’s office, Copake Rescue and Copake Fire Department.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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