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Man accused of hindering shooting probe

Man accused of hindering shooting probe

Police have charged a Troy man with hindering the investigation of a shooting outside a Central Aven

Police have charged a Troy man with hindering the investigation of a shooting outside a Central Avenue topless bar early Sunday but still haven’t caught the person who actually fired the shots.

Karl Richerson, 46, of Schenectady was working as a bouncer at Shenanigan’s when he was shot, police said. He was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of a single gunshot wound to his lower leg.

A large group gathered outside of the 2169 Central Ave. club just after 1 a.m. as employees apparently tried to remove a patron. At that point, someone in a vehicle shot Richerson, police spokesman Lt. Robert Winn said.

Several members of that group fled after the shooting and police want to speak with them.

Police believe four shots were fired and four shell casings were recovered. Richerson is not believed to have been the target of the shots, Winn said.

The vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Liberty, was located shortly after the shooting in the parking lot of the Lawrence Motel, 2155 Central Ave., when a motel employee notified police that the car backed into the motel sign, Winn said. By the time officers arrived, the occupants had fled.

Police do not have a description of the shooter.

The registered owner of the vehicle was identified as Allan S. Frierson, 49, of 311 Belgrade St., Troy.

He is now accused of making false statements to police investigating the shooting, including falsely reporting that his vehicle had been stolen.

Frierson faces one count each of second-degree hindering prosecution, a felony, and third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned and ordered held, and is to return to court Wednesday.

There is no indication that Frierson was present during the shooting, police said.

Shenanigan’s has been the location of fights and stabbings in the past, Winn said. The most recent high-profile incident was a patron being struck and killed by a passing motorist after leaving the club in March, he said.

Previous incidents involving the club have been reported to the State Liquor Authority, Winn said. The shooting will be reported, as well.

The investigation into Sunday’s incident is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.

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