Man charged in May Schenectady shooting; Shooting followed slashing, authorities say

First responders treat the victim May 17 near the corner of Pleasant Street and Fourth Avenue

First responders treat the victim May 17 near the corner of Pleasant Street and Fourth Avenue

SCHENECTADY – A city man has been charged in connection with a shooting last month that followed a slashing, authorities said.

He is accused of shooting at the slashing victim as the victim chased him and the person who slashed him, authorities said. No one was hurt in the shooting.

Anthony M. Johnson, 21, of O’Dell Street, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count each of first-degree attempted assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

Johnson is accused of firing at the slashing victim May 17 in the area of Crane Street and Fourth Avenue. 

The entire incident began just before 6:30 p.m. that evening in the 900 block of Crane Street, prosecutor Kyle Petit has said.

Shameil D. McCoy, 24, of Catherine Street, was accused of coming up from behind the victim and using a sharp object to slice the victim’s face. The slashing left the victim with a several-inch-long gash, Petit said previously.

At that point, the victim turned and chased after McCoy and his associate, Johnson. 

As the victim gave chase, Johnson was caught on street surveillance video turning and firing at the victim pursuing him. No one was injured in that portion of the incident, Petit said.

Police arrested McCoy earlier this month on one count of first-degree assault. Street surveillance video is also cited as part of the basis for the assault count lodged against McCoy.

The incident is not believed to have been random, Petit said.

The slashing victim ended up near the corner of Pleasant Street and Fourth Avenue, where first responders treated him and took him to Albany Medical Center for treatment, according to information at the scene last month.

Both Johnson and McCoy remained held Thursday, Johnson on $100,000 bail, McCoy on $37,500 bail. 

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