ALBANY — The gun violence in Albany continued early Saturday morning, with city police reporting two new non-fatal shooting incidents. One person was injured in each.
The pair of shootings caps a week that saw more than a dozen people hurt in very similar incidents, with the only fatality so far being a 34-year-old Niskayuna man, Dwayne Fenner, who was shot multiple times in broad daylight on Thursday.
In the latest incidents, city police reported that at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, staff at Albany Medical Center Hospital notified police that a 23-year-old man entered the emergency room with a graze wound to the head, as the result of being shot while in the area of Grand and Elm streets.
Then, at about 2:15 a.m., officers responded to the area of Sherman Street and Lexington Avenue for reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers learned that a 27-year-old man had been shot in the torso and had been transported to Albany Medical Center.
Both shooting victims are being treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said. The incidents are under investigation, and it is unknown whether they are connected.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Albany Detective Division at 518-462-8039.
Saturday’s early morning shootings were just another two in what city officials describe as an “alarming” increase in gun violence in the capital city. While police have offered few details, Chief Eric Hawkins said Friday that some of those involved are known to police, and that some of those involved know each other.
Fenner was shot multiple times shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday on Third Street, between North Lake Avenue and Quail Street, in what was the fourth shooting of the day in the city, Albany police said. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. Police said the weapon was a handgun.
Fenner’s death occurred on a day when there were four separate shooting incidents in the city, in which a total of 12 people were injured. There were two early-morning shootings on Thursday, one of which resulted in eight people being injured when someone in a vehicle fired toward a group of people.
“We are seeing in this city — and across the country — a significant increase in gun violence,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said at a press conference Friday..
“It is unacceptable, and we are here to convey to the community that we are outraged by this,” Hawkins said at the same press conference.