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2 in custody, 3rd sought after Schenectady shooting, foot chase

2 in custody, 3rd sought after Schenectady shooting, foot chase

Incident begins at State Street residence
2 in custody, 3rd sought after Schenectady shooting, foot chase
Schenectady police comb a Hamilton Hill neighborhood Thursday for a gunman involved in an early morning incident.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

City Police have taken two people into custody and are looking for a third in connection with a Thursday morning shooting on State Street and a subsequent Hamilton Hill foot chase, police said.

Police continued to search for the man they believe fired a single shot at a woman inside an apartment at 1318 State St. shortly after 6 a.m. He is believed to have been one of three people — two men and that same woman — inside a car stopped in the area of Stanley Street at about 9:30 a.m.

The two men fled; police caught up with one of the men in a backyard nearby, but the alleged shooter eluded capture. The man sought is Dean Gilmore, 26 of Schenectady, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said.

Police also arrested the woman from the car a short time later at her residence. Dearing identified her as Haley Baxter, 22, of 1318 State St., the woman police believe Gilmore fired at. She is facing a misdemeanor count for obstruction, accused of moving the stopped car after the foot chase began, Dearing said.

Dearing said police believe that Baxter voluntarily accompanied Gilmore in the car.

Dearing did not immediately have information related to the man detained, including any charges.

The incident began at the State Street residence. Dearing said Baxter called police to report the shot fired. The shooter fled. Responding detectives soon received information about a car Gilmore might be driving.

About three hours after the shooting, officers on patrol spotted that car near Stanley Street in Hamilton Hill and tried to pull it over, Dearing said. Baxter is accused of driving off and leaving the vehicle near the corner of Emmett and Arch streets.

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The resulting foot chase led to a large police response in the area and police placing multiple city schools on lockout, including Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School and Mont Pleasant Middle School.

Officers combed the area. Multiple officers stood at intersections in the blocks surrounding the chase scene to detect anyone matching the description leaving the area.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, [email protected] or @ByStevenCook on Twitter. 

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