A shooting last year outside Chubby’s Pizzeria on Crane Street has resulted in a conviction and an officer’s early help helped focus the investigation, the Schenectady County District Attorney Office said.
Jamal Rashid, 30, of Albany, was convicted Friday in Schenectady County Court of multiple counts, including second-degree attempted murder.
A Schenectady County Court jury found that Rashid shot Shaquille Grayton in the stomach Sept. 10, 2014, in front of the pizzeria.
Grayton required medical attention but survived. The shooting followed a fist fight between the two men about 25 minutes before the shooting, officials said.
Rashid then returned to the area with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and fired twice at Grayton from close range. County street surveillance cameras caught images of both the fist fight and the shooting.
Two city officers, Eric Owens and Scott Bobrowich, responded to the call for the fist fight and interacted with Rashid. Owens was still on duty when the shooting came in 20 minutes later. Prosecutors credited Owens with focusing the attention of investigators on Grayton.
Grayton fled and eluded authorities until the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested him two months later.
Grayton is to be sentenced Oct. 26. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in state prison.