A man is dead after being shot in the head early Sunday morning in the city’s first homicide of the year.
Police said the shooting occurred at 4:51 a.m. at the former Tip Toe Inn tavern at 301 Altamont Ave. Witnesses told police that during a private birthday party a man entered the building, which is near the corner of Altamont and Hamburg streets. He then shot a 24-year-old man in the head and a 26-year-old woman in the back. Both were transported to Albany Medical Center.
Police are not releasing the victims’ names at this time. The man died at 12:15 p.m. The woman’s injury is not considered life threatening.
Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Clifford said police have little to go on in finding the suspect.
“We have no identity of that individual or why he was there,” he said. “All other witnesses and family members are not being cooperative.” Officers were seen entering the building, taking photographers and collecting evidence on Sunday afternoon. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call police at 788-6566.
The city had eight homicides in 2008. Six were caused by gunshots.
Clifford said he did not know how long the business had stopped being Tip Toe Inn. A Daily Gazette news story from 1999 indicated that the business closed down in 1997. The new owner sought a zoning change to allow the business to exist in a zone that did not permit it.
Signs at the front entrance of the building said the business was named “Rae’s.” A “For Rent” sign could be seen in the upstairs window. A call placed to the number on the sign said the line was disconnected.