SCHENECTADY – As the anniversary of a 34-year-old mother’s shooting death in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood approaches a year, city police renewed its plea for help in resolving the homicide case in a post on Facebook Thursday.
Ieasha Merritt was shot and left lying in a parking lot at Albany and Hamlin streets just before 6:30 a.m. July 5.
Police said Merritt wasn’t the intended victim; she was caught in the line of fire as three masked gunmen emerged from a vehicle and began to shoot across the parking lot, which was occupied by more than 10 people at the time.
The gunmen fled, as did their intended targets, according to police.
Five cars drove around Merritt, leaving her alone and critically wounded.
Minutes passed before someone stopped and called for help, and Merritt died several days later in a hospital.
Investigators have worked tirelessly to identify the shooters, police said in the statement. Witnesses were interviewed, the shooter’s vehicle was identified, and leads have been followed.
The news statement did not provide details of the suspects’ car or investigative leads.
“As we are now approaching the one-year anniversary of Ieasha’s death,” police said, “we are again asking for the public’s help. If anyone has information on this incident or was at the July 4th/5th party that occurred prior, please contact the Schenectady Police Department’s Tips Line at 518-788-6566.”