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Schenectady police still searching for shooting suspect

Schenectady police still searching for shooting suspect

Schenectady police are still searching for a person suspected of a shooting on Crane Street on Satur
Schenectady police still searching for shooting suspect
Schenectady police officers move in to clear the dwelling at 1334 Santa Fe St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Police were looking for a suspect in a shooting in the area.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
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1349 Crane St., Schenectady

Schenectady police are still searching for a person suspected of a shooting on Crane Street on Saturday morning that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The search comes after Marvin Sanchez, 30, was shot shortly before 10 a.m. and taken to Albany Medical Center, police said Saturday. Sanchez was listed in critical condition Saturday evening.

Schenectady police locked down a house on Crane Street and closed off portions of Santa Fe Street as the search continued to expand in the hours following the first reports of shots fired.

Police detained and interviewed two females at 1347 Crane St., the home next to Sanchez’s home at 1349 Crane St. Schenectady police Lt. Mark McCracken said they were being questioned as police tried to “determine what role they played, if any.” They were later released.

But as of Sunday morning, the suspected shooter was still on the loose. McCracken said Saturday that Schenectady police had notified other law enforcement agencies about the search for the shooter and that police were following leads, but he didn’t provide details about whether the search was focused in Schenectady or elsewhere.

No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening.

McCracken said Saturday they believed the suspect was in a second-floor apartment at 1349 Crane St., in the area where the search was initially focused. Police then got information the shooting suspect was on Santa Fe Street, where they checked some houses. The suspect was not found.

“We checked a couple addresses, and no luck,” McCracken told reporters on Santa Fe Street. “We are continuing the investigation into the shooter.”

The house on Crane Street was processed as a crime scene and was released shortly after 5 p.m., McCracken said.

Residents nearby the Crane Street house said they had heard gunshots around 10 a.m. Saturday. As they stood along the sidewalk about an hour after police had arrived, they watched officers with guns stand positioned near the house. An officer was positioned in the second floor window of a house across the street, with an assault rifle pointing out the window.

“I was coming home when I heard the shots,” said a man who lives on Crane Street and didn’t want to provide his name. “I was a little apprehensive to drive down and then the cops showed up; I know it wasn’t firecrackers.”

State police and members of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department also were on the scene.

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