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Three arrested after gunfire in downtown Schenectady

Three arrested after gunfire in downtown Schenectady

Three men were arrested early Sunday in connection with gunshots fired near Citizens Bank in downtow
Three arrested after gunfire in downtown Schenectady
From left are Damien Bethea, Ronald N. Diggs and Ramell G. Steward.

Three men were arrested early Sunday in connection with gunshots fired near Citizens Bank in downtown Schenectady after 2 a.m.

Police had initially responded to reports of a fight outside Nico’s Pizza at 441 State St., just across from Proctors. As a crowd dispersed, a second fight broke out near the rear parking lot of the bank, according to a news release from Schenectady police.

Police said two men involved in the fight, Ronald Diggs, 25, and Ramell Steward, 29, both of Schenectady, drew handguns and began firing at a third person. The shots endangered the large crowd and the police officers “who were within feet of the incident,” according to the release.

Diggs and Steward were each arrested shortly after the shots were fired; the two guns were also recovered. Both were charged with felony possession of a weapon; Steward was also tagged with a resisting arrest charge.

A third man, 24-year-old Damien Bethea of Rotterdam, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, according to police.

Schenectady Police Sgt. J. Moore injured his ankle during the incident, but no other injuries were reported.

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