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N.Y. Radio Station Disc Jockey Shot

October 30, 2002

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LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) _ Police arrested a nightclub disc jockey Wednesday after he allegedly shot a radio station personality four times and slashed him in the face with a razor. Authorities said there was ``bad blood″ between the two competitors for area jobs.

Irving Bynum, 27, who works for urban contemporary radio station WAJZ-FM and goes by the name DJ Biz, was attacked as he left work shortly after midnight, Colonie Police Detective Lt. Steve Heider said.

Bynum was shot four times in the torso as he approached his car to retrieve some records. Police said the suspect then put the gun to Bynum’s head, but it misfired.

The suspect also slashed Bynum’s face with a razor as the victim tried to get back into the station. Bynum, who gave police a description of his assailant, was in stable condition at Albany Medical Center.

Aristelle D. Thomas, 27, was captured seven hours after the attack and charged with attempted murder and other counts.

Both men occasionally worked as disc jockeys in local bars. Heider said there was ``bad blood″ between the two, who competed for jobs at various clubs in the Albany area.

Heider also said Bynum may have witnessed a violent fight at a nightclub between Thomas and another man in April.

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