Autopsy scheduled for gunshot victim, Schenectady’s second homicide in four days

Left: Sgt. Matthew Dearing speaks to reporters Sunday
Left: Sgt. Matthew Dearing speaks to reporters Sunday

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SCHENECTADY — An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday for the man gunned down in the city on Saturday night, police said. 

Authorities are withholding the name and age of the victim pending family notification, city police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said on Sunday. 

Police were called to the area of Craig and Stanley streets at about 9:06 p.m. for a possible gunshot victim. 

Arriving officers located the man appeared to have a gunshot wound to his neck, police said.

The officers immediately started first aid, which was continued by paramedics from the Schenectady Fire Department.

The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital, said Dearing, who declined to provide additional information, including how many times the victim was shot, citing the preliminary stages of the investigation.


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“There’s not too many questions we have answers to now,” Dearing said.

One witness at the scene, who declined to give their name, said they heard a single gunshot. 

Dearing said surveillance footage will likely play a key role in the investigation.

A new “smart” National Grid-deployed LED street light outfitted with nodes and optical sensors overlooks at the intersection and another is located nearby. 

But Dearing said he doesn’t believe gunshot detection technology authorized by the City Council last November had yet been deployed in the neighborhood.

The shooting marks the second gun-related homicide in Schenectady in four days.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Tuesday slaying of Fred Gentry, who was also shot in the neck and facial area on Victory Avenue, just blocks away from Saturday’s shooting.

An unidentified 28-year-old woman injured in the shooting was last listed in stable condition, said Dearing on Sunday, who was unaware of her current status.

There’s no indication that the shootings are related, Dearing said.

“Obviously it’s something our detectives will explore to see to see if there’s any connection, but right now, it’s still somewhat early on in this investigation,” Dearing said. 

The slayings mark the end of a 16-month stretch in which Schenectady didn’t incur any gun-related homicides.


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Before the two shootings, the last homicide victim slain by gunfire was January 2019 when Roscoe Foster was gunned down at the intersection of Becker and Linden streets.

That case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to contact the city police department’s TIPS line at 518-788-6566.

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