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Man arrested in fatal Schenectady shooting

Man arrested in fatal Schenectady shooting

City police arrested a man this week in connection with the January killing of a man in a car on Ger
Man arrested in fatal Schenectady shooting
Naseyf Salahuddin

City police arrested a man this week in connection with the January killing of a man in a car on Germania Avenue, authorities said.

The suspect is also accused of possessing two other guns at the time of his Wednesday arrest, according to court records.

Naseyf Salahuddin, 19, of 810 State St., faces one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, related to the Jan. 30 killing of Marquel Fallen.

Salahuddin is accused of using a .40-caliber handgun to shoot Fallen inside a car in front of 315 Germania Ave. just before 4 p.m. that day while Fallen sat in the driver’s seat.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said Salahuddin knew Fallen, though the prosecutor said it wasn’t clear how well.

Carney described Salahuddin as getting in the car with Fallen on Germania and shooting Fallen from inside the car.

Carney declined to detail the case further, including identifying a possible motive. He said the investigation is ongoing.

Fallen’s death prompted a large sidewalk memorial that at one point consisted of more than 60 votive candles spelling out Fallen’s informal name, “Quel.” A friend remembered Fallen as a bright kid who loved basketball.

Police arrested Salahuddin Wednesday afternoon in front of 626 Hamilton St., authorities said.

Police found in his possession a .44 Magnum revolver and a Smith & Wesson .38 special, according to papers filed in court. It wasn’t clear if he had either on his person at the time of his arrest, or if police found them inside the apartment.

Court paperwork indicates both weapens were loaded and one, the Smith & Wesson, had been reported stolen out of Pennsylvania.

Police also arrested a woman at the residence, Cierra Longton, 19, of 9 N. Church St., authorities said.

Longton is accused of possessing one of the weapons, the stolen .44 Magnum. She faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

She was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail.

Related to Wednesday’s arrest, Salahuddin faces two counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, felonies. He also faces one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Later in the police station interview room, police also found him in possession of 14 plastic bags of marijuana. Police charged him with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

He remained held Thursday at the Schenectady County Jail without bail.

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