Should the city shut down Town & Country Apartments?

By Perry Russom

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Rich David said the apartment complex where Scott Wright, Jr. was fatally shot will be investigated under the Lockdown Law.

"What we need to do is to work with our other partners to see what we can do to minimize these type of actions from taking place again in the future," said David.

If the Town & Country Apartments are locked down, they could be forced to close their doors for up to one year.

The mayor announced the renewal of the Lockdown Law in February. It works on a point system. If a business or other building amasses a certain number of points, they are taken to city court.

"A murder is the max (amount of points)," said David. "A murder is 12 points and that is eligible for a lock down."

"I mean, honestly, I don't blame them," said Brian Alexander who lives in the apartment complex. "A lot of bad things have been happening over here. It's not like it's just a bad reputation. Some of the stuff that happens around here, most of it is true."

The points system is merely a guide for the city on regulating troubled properties.

It's up to a judge to classify it as a public nuisance.

David said one issue in moving forward the Lockdown Law in this particular case, is whether the suspect, 21-year-old Andre Lee, actually lived in the complex.

"We believe that the suspect may have had some assistance from somebody who does live there so that's another issue we'll be focusing on as well," said David.

There is an option the law where the city to close a particular apartment in the complex rather shutting down the entire complex.

David said he has not yet spoken with management at Town & Country Apartments.

The apartment complex did not return a request for comment.