Saratoga County

19-year-old killed in his Mechanicville driveway

'If you have something — surveillance video on your house — we would love to hear from you'
The scene Tuesday on Grove Street in Mechanicville.
The scene Tuesday on Grove Street in Mechanicville.

MECHANICVILLE — A man was shot and killed in his driveway Monday night on Grove Street, city police said.

Authorities on Tuesday identified the man as 19-year-old David J. Feliciano, who grew up in Clifton Park and had recently moved to Mechanicville.

His death marked the city’s first homicide in 20 years, when an elderly woman was beaten to death, Police Chief Joseph Waldron said.

Police cars in the area of Grove Street in Mechanicville on Tuesday. (Tom McBride)

“Obviously, it’s unnerving in a community of this size, but rest assured that we are doing everything we can and bringing everything to bear to get this case resolved,” he said.

Officers responding to a report of several shots fired about 8:45 p.m. found Feliciano “gravely injured” by a gunshot to the torso in the driveway of a two-story duplex at 44 Grove St., Waldron said.

Feliciano, who lived in the first-floor apartment with his girlfriend, succumbed to his injuries, despite responding officers attempts’ to save him using CPR, the chief said.

Waldron would not say if a suspect had been identified. A state police forensic team was searching the apartment Tuesday, and neighborhood residents were also interviewed.

Police are turning to residents for help. Anyone with information should call 518-664-7383.

“If you have something — surveillance video on your house — we would love to hear from you,” Waldron said.

Frank Steckler was sitting on his porch on the other end of Grove Street when the incident happened.

“I moved from the Troy and Albany region to try to get away from the hecticness, and right here, 200 feet away from my house — you can’t get away from it,” he said.

He said the noise of neighborhood kids playing with fireworks made the gunshots hard to discern, but he thought he heard two to three.

“The booms were going off, and the car took off,” he said.

Steckler, 37, said the neighborhood is home to about 30 children. He has three kids, ranging in age from 9 to 12, he said.

“My kids come out here every day and play,” he said. “Everybody should be worried. There’s somebody out there with a gun shooting people, apparently.”

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