Schenectady County

Schenectady police investigating after man shot

One man was in Albany Medical Center following a shooting on Jefferson Street on Wednesday afternoon
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One man was in Albany Medical Center following a shooting on Jefferson Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Police received a call at 4:51 p.m. reporting a burglary in progress at 309 Front St. Officers responded to the area and captured two suspects in the vicinity, according to spokesman Kevin Green. A third suspect ran into an alley to the left of a building at 16 Jefferson St. Officers heard a shot and approached the area cautiously. They then found a man who had been shot in the lower leg. He was transported by ambulance to Albany Medical Center.

Green said the man’s wounds did not appear to be life threatening.

“We don’t know how he was shot, if it was accidental or if he was shot by someone else,” Green said.

Mike Zorn of 301 Front St. said he saw three men attempting to get into the rear of an apartment complex next door. One attempted to break the door, while the other two were watching the area. “It takes a lot of nerve to do that in broad daylight,” he said.

Zorn alerted authorities. All three men scattered when police began to arrive.

Green said one suspect was picked up near Front and Jefferson Street, the second near Front and John Street, and the third ran into the alley. A handgun was recovered near the wounded man.

Police blocked off Jefferson Street from Madison Street to Front Street while officers checked the area. District Attorney Robert Carney was also present.

Authorities have not released the identities of the suspects. Green said police are still talking to the two suspects and would go to the hospital to talk to the third. He did not anticipate more information until this morning.

Gerald Plante, who lives at 227 Front St., said the neighborhood has been trying to do something about vacant buildings that attract squatters and other undesirables. “It’s getting too close to home,” he said.

“It’s even during the day we get different types.”

Plante said two city officials just took a tour of the district to look at the problems. He even fenced off his driveway because of the problems.

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