Schenectady man faces federal gun charge

He had previously faced state count

SCHENECTADY — A man charged in a recent city gun case is now facing a federal charge, records show.

Federal prosecutors filed one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person against Shaiquan Wright, 21, of Wing Avenue. 

Wright had previously faced a state court gun count in connection with allegations he possessed a .25-caliber pistol about 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the corner of Albany and Schenectady streets.

The federal filing also includes further information on the arrest. Police stopped Wright after receiving a tip from a source described as reliable that a man wearing camouflage pants and a black T-shirt walking in the area of Albany Street and Germania Avenue possessed an illegal gun.

Officers soon found the man fitting the description, stopped him and found a .25-caliber gun in his pants, according to court documents. Wright allegedly told police he bought the gun from someone due to an issue he had with another person and he intended to use it to scare people in case he got jumped on the street.

It was unclear why the case shifted to federal court, but Wright also claimed to police that the gun would not work. Wright’s name has also been spelled Shai-quan Wright.

Wright is federally prohibited from possessing a firearm following a 2013 Schenectady grand larceny conviction.

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