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Police identify 2 men killed on Hamilton Hill

Police identify 2 men killed on Hamilton Hill

The two young men shot dead Friday in a street incident on Hamilton Hill were both from Schenectady,

The two young men shot dead Friday in a street incident on Hamilton Hill were both from Schenectady, police reported, but few other details were released late Saturday.

Sgt. Luciano Savoia said the two men killed were Virgil Terry, 21, and Alphanzo Pittman, 17. Savoia would not release the home addresses of the victims.

Police found Terry and Pittman Friday night suffering from bullet wounds shortly after shots were reported at approximately 9:05 p.m. The men were lying on the west and east sides of Hulett Street, near Albany Street. One of the men died in an ambulance and the other died in the emergency room at Ellis Hospital.

“I know Mr. Terry appeared to have two bullet wounds, but I’m not sure where [Pittman] was shot or how many times,” Savoia said.

Police later reported that Terry was hit one time in the chest and Pittman was hit in the back and leg. The caliber of the weapon was not known, police said, but 9mm casings were found in the street.

Neither of the victims were found to have weapons.

Friday night Savoia said there was a large group gathering prior to the shooting, according to people in the neighborhood. Savoia said police have not yet confirmed whether the two men knew each other.

Daily Gazette archives show Terry was arrested in April 2008 when he was 19. He was being booked for an aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle charge when police said they discovered cocaine on him. He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The resolution of that case was not available.

Late Friday night police responded to Ellis Hospital after the families of the two slain men were involved in an altercation and refused to leave the hospital.

Police are looking for two SUVs, one white and the other dark, that witnesses say were seen near the shooting.

Police encourage anyone with information about the incident to call their tips line at 788-6566.

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