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Police reports on Zagari whereabouts before shooting

Spencerport, N.Y. -- Hours before he was shot in the hand and chest by a Monroe County sheriffs deputy in Pittsford, police reports suggest Vincenzo Zagari approached two separate people wearing a ski hat and mask.

The alleged encounters occurred at an apartment complex in Spencerport. Police said Zagari also stole a car from that same location.

According to the reports, obtained by 13WHAM News, Zagari arrived at the Jordache Park apartments on foot Jan. 22.  An apartment manager said Zagari inquired about vacancies at the main office. He was wearing a black ski hat and mask, which he later removed.

The manager said he declined Zagari's request because he creeped me out.  She said Zagari left the office.

Its alleged Zagari then confronted a resident -- a man in his wheelchair who was using a lift to get into his van. Zagari allegedly said his car had broken down on Dewey Avenue.  He asked to use a cell phone.  The driver told police he was uncomfortable, so he said he didnt have one.

The man asked for a ride into the city to a garage, said the report.  But when the driver said his handicapped van did not have a back seat, the stranger said he would pay for the ride and sit on the floor."

The driver refused.

Both witnesses identified the man with the ski mask as Vincenzo Zagari. Police later found and tracked his footprintes in the snow.  They led to another apartment, where an eggshell colored Hyundai was idling, warming up in the cold.

That car was later reported missing, and discovered in the middle of the Pittsford crime scene.

I dont care about my car, said the vehicles owner, Allison Ingallina, the day after it was taken.  Its my only vehicle, but Im just glad everyone is OK.

Reached by phone, Ingallina said she still feels that way. But for this single mom, and her family, reality has set in. 

Shes struggling to find a ride to work and relying on friends, and theres only so long you can do that, said daughter Chelsea Ingallina.

The family is struggling with their insurance company about whether their policy covers theft. The Ogden Police Department has turned over police reports and other documentation to try to help.

The family has yet to hear from the Monroe County Sheriffs Office about when the vehicle will be released or how long it will be impounded as evidence. They do not have the money to afford a rental car.

She was struggling a little bit before this, so now you have to pay the consequences for  something that she had no involvement it," Chelsea Ingallina said. "Its hard to wrap your head around."

She has created a website for people who want to help.



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