An Endicott man allegedly used a racial slur while pointing a shotgun at a teenager in a village neighborhood.

Authorities say 24-year-old Tyler Zacharias of 209 Cleveland Avenue was charged with menacing as a hate crime and reckless endangerment.

Investigators say police were called to investigate a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue shortly before 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

By the time officers arrived, those who had been involved in the incident had fled. Spent shotgun casings were found in front of a few homes.

Police later determined Zacharias fired the gun and then walked north on Cleveland Avenue. He then is said to have pointed the gun at a 17-year-old boy and repeatedly used the N-word.

Police say Zacharias is white and the teenager is black. They say the boy was not involved in the original incident.

Officials say Zacharias and 21-year-old Marissa Shank refused to leave their apartment and cooperate with police.

Shank left the residence late Saturday morning and was taken into custody. Zacharias emerged around 12:30 p.m. and was arrested.

Shank was charged with obstructing governmental administration and hindering prosecution.

Zacharias and Shank were arraigned and remanded to Broome County Jail.

Investigators believe at least three shots were fired in the early-morning incident. They say it appeared no buildings or vehicles were struck. No injuries were reported.

Police recovered the shotgun believed to have been used at another Endicott residence.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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