Schenectady man killed in early morning shooting

38-year-old victim becomes Schenectady's first gun-related homicide in more than a year
A Schenectady police officer searches for evidence in the wake of the shooting.
A Schenectady police officer searches for evidence in the wake of the shooting.

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady police on Friday night continued their investigation into an early-morning homicide that killed a 38-year-old city man.

Police identified the victim as Roscoe Foster, who becomes Schenectady’s first gun-related murder victim in more than a year.

Patrols were called to the intersection of Becker and Linden streets — located in the Central State Street area just south of Central Park — at 1:02 a.m. Someone had called in a “shots fired” complaint; responding officers found Foster had suffered a gunshot wound.

A man who lives in the neighborhood who asked not to be identified said he heard two shots that sounded like reports from a cap gun.

“I then heard a car’s wheels spinning and spinning,” he said via a Facebook message. “I went to the window and didn’t initially see anything, but then I saw the victim’s car start moving from the left of my house to the right of my house.

“The car stopped and someone got out and started walking in the street. He then fell motionless in the street and I suddenly noticed another person near the sidewalk between my house and the house to my right. This person quickly spun around and ran up the sidewalk toward Elder Street.”

The man said both people were basically “silhouettes.”

“I called 911 and the police arrived before I got off the phone,” the man said in his note. “Another witness was driving a salt truck. He was stopped at the intersection where the man collapsed.”

Paramedics from the city Fire Department tried to revive Foster with cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene. The injured man was taken to Ellis Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

Police closed Becker Street from Linden to Robinson streets, sealing off the section with yellow crime scene tape. Investigators remained at the scene into the mid-afternoon hours. 

Cindy Mohan, who has lived on Becker for the past 13 years, said she rose from sleep at about 2:30 a.m. and saw flashing red lights from the emergency vehicles that had rushed to the intersection.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood but lately there’s been a lot of stuff going on, like people out walking extremely late,” she said. “It never used to be like that.”

Mohan said she is also concerned a shooter could be loose on streets near her residence. She works nights, and generally returns home after midnight.

Michelle Brown, who also lives on Becker Street, noticed the commotion.

“I saw the lights and came out,” she said. “I thought it was an accident.”

Like Mohan, she said Becker is generally not a place for police and criminal activity.

“You don’t get this much violence and all,” she said. “This is a nice area, but not anymore.”

Other residents, who did not want to give their names, said their driveways were blocked by police vehicles during early-morning hours. The vehicles had to be moved so homeowners could drive to work.

Several friends posted tributes to Foster on his Facebook page.

Ian Farstad, who described himself as a longtime friend of Foster’s, said Foster had four young children. Farstad said he and Foster shared a love of sneakers — they met at a Foot Locker store where Farstad once worked. The 24-year-old Farstad said he considered Foster a big brother.

“It’s sickening,” he said of the shooting. “Nobody deserves this, but especially not him.”

Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact the department’s “TIPS” line at 518-788-6566.

Contact Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 at [email protected].




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