Woman critically wounded in Gloversville shooting
Nearby residents bemoan decline of neighborhood
GLOVERSVILLE A woman was shot and critically wounded early Thursday inside 174 Spring St., police said.
The victim was listed in critical condition following surgery at Albany Medical Center. Police have not released her name but said she is in her early 20s.
Capt. John Sira of the Gloversville Police Department said the shooting occurred at 4:45 a.m. Thursday.
Published reports quoted Police Chief Donald VanDeusen as saying the shooting may be been accidental. VanDeusen was not immediately available for comment.
Police evidence technicians, dressed in white anti-contamination suits, combed both floors of the two-story, wood-frame, white house for several hours Thursday afternoon. They also searched five vehicles that were parked in the driveway, front lawn and behind the house.
Neighbors were taken aback at what occurred. A small group of men who gathered several doors away from 174 Spring St., and who refused to give their names, called the shooting a symptom of decline in their neighborhood.
One said he has lived on Spring Street for more than 50 years and that he has witnessed it change as families moved out and had their houses snapped up by absentee landlords. The house at 174 Spring St. has been sold eight times since 1995. Mohammad Mustafa of Albany is listed as the owner since 2005, according to Fulton County records.
Neighbors said they see people come and go from the house all the time. One neighbor said he heard people “yelling and hollering” from the residence around midnight.
The house is two blocks from the Gloversville High School-Middle School campus and from McNab Elementary School. Interim Gloversville Enlarged School District Superintendent Clifford Moses said he was unaware of the shooting and because of this said the school took no precautions, such as locking down the campus.