The man accused of firing the fatal shot that ended a wild November car chase through the Mont Pleasant neighborhood was himself the victim of a gunpoint carjacking earlier that evening, a prosecutor said Friday.
Prosecutor Philip Mueller said 20-year-old Nicholas Khan joined up with two others to find the men who stole the car. When they spotted the men on Crane Street, a chase ensued.
The early-morning chase ended two miles and multiple shots later, with the driver of the stolen vehicle, William Riddick, shot dead, police said. After being shot, the car Riddick was driving crashed through a fence and came to rest in a field behind Mont Pleasant Middle School.
Khan, 20, was arraigned Friday in Schenectady County Court on a multiple-count indictment charging him with second-degree murder and counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment. He pleaded not guilty to Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago.
Khan, who is being held without bail, is represented by Schenectady County Public Defender Mark Caruso.
Mueller said later evidence indicates Riddick and a second man, Dayshon McKenzie, were involved in the earlier gunpoint car theft on Chestnut Street. McKenzie has since been charged in that theft with first-degree robbery.
Mueller gave the following account of the incident:
Khan was on Chestnut Street standing outside his car conducting a drug deal Nov. 12. His girlfriend was inside the car.
At that point, Riddick and McKenzie moved in, assaulted Khan and stole the car at gunpoint, ordering Khan’s girlfriend out.
“In retaliation, Mr. Khan joined up with two other guys and went looking for either the people who robbed him or the car they took from him or both,” Mueller said.
Authorities say the men spotted Riddick and McKenzie in a different car on Crane Street. They had since parked Khan’s car and gotten into a different car.
Khan, as a passenger, is accused of firing at least three volleys of shots. The first was near the corner of 8th Avenue and Webster Street, the second at 1st Avenue and Orchard Street. The fatal volley was fired on Norwood Avenue, Mueller said.
Gilbert L. Williams, 20, of Schenectady, was allegedly driving Khan’s car as Khan fired. He also has been charged with second-degree murder.
No other charges have been filed in the killing.
Mueller said police used footage from multiple street and business surveillance cameras to reconstruct the incident. He said police did a nice job in collecting all the footage from the possible chase route.