Two city police officers were injuired Sunday night after they were struck by a bullet fired by someone in a house they were searching, located near the spot a Schenectady man was killed early Saturday morning.
Police were executing a search warrant around 7:30 p.m. at 935 Maple Ave., police spokesman Sgt. Eric Clifford said, when they were shot at by the residents inside the home.
One bullet was fired, according to Clifford, which struck the first officer's piece of equipment and continued, striking the second officer in the chest.
“He was saved by the Kevlar vest he was wearing,” Clifford said.
Both officers were treated at Ellis Hospital for minor injuries and released.
Police are not commenting on whether the execution of the search warrant was part of the investigation into the killing of Ganesh Ramgoolam, 24, who was shot to death at about 2 a.m. Saturday outside of 948 Maple Ave.
Eight people were detained from the home 935 Maple Ave. home Sunday and taken to police headquarters for questioning. A baby was also inside the residence and has been turned over to family members, Clifford said.
The investigation is continuing into Sunday's incident.
In the Ramgoolam case, no arrests have been made in the city’s first homicide of the year as police continue to pursue leads in the case, according to Clifford.
Family members of Ramgoolam, including his father-in-law, Karamauth Ally of New York City, gathered at the Ramgoolam residence on Third Avenue Sunday afternoon to mourn the loss of the husband and father of two.
Alley said his son-in-law was a mechanic for the Capital District Transportation Authority.
Ramgoolam was a passenger in a vehicle that had stopped in the street. After getting out of the vehicle, he was shot five times in the upper part of his body, including his head.
Police do not yet know what Ramgoolam was doing in the neighborhood. Friends said Sunday they didn't know why he was there either.
Hemkaj Karvia of Schenectady, who identified himself as one of Ramgoolam's best friends, said he was at a party Friday night celebrating a mutual friend’s purchase of a house on Lincoln Avenue.
Ramgoolam had too much to drink, Karvia said, and another friend was bringing him home when they ended up on Maple Avenue.
Authorities are investigating reports that a dark-colored sport utility vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene the night of the shooting.
People with information about the incident are asked to call police at 788-6566.