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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a December shooting on the city's west side.

Frederick W. Clark Jr., of 325 Washington St., was charged with the felonies of second-degree assault and second-degree menacing, as well as criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

On Dec. 11, city police responded to the Saratoga Hospital emergency room where a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg was dropped off by a private vehicle.

Court records identify the victim as Jersen Vargas.

At about 5 a.m. on Dec. 11, Clark allegedly pointed a loaded rifle at Vargas and at Stacey Walker, according to court records. The incident occurred at Clark's residence, where Clark is suspected of shooting Vargas in the left thigh.

Vargas was later taken to Albany Medical Center. His medical status was not available on Thursday.

A subsequent investigation indicated the shooting occurred as a result of a dispute, police said.

Inside the apartment, investigators also discovered two glass tubes with burnt ends that are commonly used for the consumption of crack cocaine, according to court records.

Clark, wearing a blue New York. Knicks sweatshirt at his arraignment in Saratoga Springs City Court Thursday morning, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was sent to Saratoga County Jail on $20,000 cash bail, or $40,000 bond after City Court Judge James Doern overruled a lower amount of bail that was recommended.

Clark is scheduled to return to City Court on Jan. 14.

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