SCHENECTADY – An Albany County man has been arrested in the murder of a man on State Street Friday, police said.
Anibal H. Madera, 27, of Slingerlands, was arrested Wednesday morning on 17th Street in Troy and charged with one count of second-degree murder. Police also identified Madera as from Albany.
Madera is accused of shooting and killing Albany resident Elnahcere S. Vincent, 22, just before 8 p.m. Friday near Star Liquor on State Street, police said.
District Attorney Bob Carney said Madera and Vincent were among a group of people gathered outside of the store when Madera opened fire, hitting Vincent in the legs and chest, where a bullet penetrated his lungs.
“It was a very brief encounter,” Carney said. “It wasn’t a fight. It was a conversation ended by Madera pulling out a gun and shooting.”
Carney said the fatal shooting appeared to be a carryover from Albany, which has struggled with a surge of gun violence this summer. That city has had 15 homicides so far this year, tying 2018 as the deadliest year on record.
“If they had a beef with each other, it was based on Albany events,” Carney said.
Madera was arraigned at City Court by Judge Robert Hoffman on Wednesday afternoon.
He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Brian Mercy, who was assigned through the county Conflict Defender’s Office.
Madera was sent to the County Jail and is due back in City Court on Oct. 5.
Members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Task Force found and arrested Madera, police said.
Police based the charge in part on video surveillance.
Madera was previously sentenced to six years in state prison for second-degree robbery in a 2010 Albany County-based case, according to a state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision database, and was remanded back into custody on a parole violation before his release in August 2018.
Police thanked the task force and surrounding agencies for their assistance.