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Schenectady police make arrest in fatal shooting

Schenectady police make arrest in fatal shooting

Police have made an arrest in June’s fatal shooting outside the El Dorado Bar.

Police have made an arrest in June’s fatal shooting outside the El Dorado Bar.

Derrick C. Smith, 25, of 857 Albany St. was arrested Saturday for his alleged role in the shooting death of 21-year-old Michael L. DeVeaux Jr. on June 27. The incident happened at around 1:30 a.m. near the bar at 939 Crane St. After he was shot, DeVeaux’s friends loaded him into a car and struck the emergency room doors at Ellis Health Center on McClellan Street in their frantic effort to get him medical attention.

Assistant Police Chief Brian Kilcullen said Sunday that police were led to Smith as the suspect based on tips and information collected through the course of the six-week investigation. Smith was spotted by patrol officers running into a building on Albany Street early Saturday afternoon and was eventually caught by police.

Authorities have said previously that DeVeaux was the intended target and that whatever led up to the shooting started inside the bar and spilled outside.

Kilcullen said police could not comment about the reason for the shooting saying the matter is still under investigation.

DeVeaux’s family have described him as kind to friends and family, always smiling and giving hugs. They said he had just gotten his GED and he hoped to enter the military like his father. DeVeaux also learned that he was going to be a father.

Smith was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Smith has been in trouble with the law before. A search of The Daily Gazette archives shows he was charged on May 6 with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and second-degree harassment. Details about that case were not available.

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