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Weapons count lodged; murder investigation continues

Weapons count lodged; murder investigation continues

Police say three weapons used in melee
Weapons count lodged; murder investigation continues
Niam Dorvil
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At least three separate weapons fired at least 20 total shots at the scene of a city man's death last weekend, complicating the task of finding out who killed him, a prosecutor said Friday.

But, prosecutor Brian Gray said, investigators are using surveillance video, witness statements and other techniques to identify the killer.

Police this week charged one man with firing during the incident. Niam Dorvil, 25, of Albany, faces felony weapons possession counts. He is accused of firing "several shots from said weapon towards a large group of people" early July 29 in the 900 block of Crane Street, according to papers filed in court.

Further charges could be filed, depending on how the complex investigation unfolds, Gray said.

The melee left 20-year-old father-to-be Jonny Olds dead from a single gunshot wound and a second man shot and wounded. Between 20 and 30 people were in the area at the time.

Gray identified the wounded man Friday as Dorvil. Dorvil suffered three gunshot wounds, but is expected to recover from his injuries. A third man who suffered a stab wound is also expected to recover.

Police found 20 shell casings in the aftermath, fired from three different caliber weapons, Gray said.

Still to be determined is what caliber weapon killed Olds, Gray said. But, he said authorities believe they will learn that soon, helping them get closer to Olds' killer.

Authorities believe Dorvil fired a .9 mm handgun, Gray said. Other shell casings at the scene were identified as .25- and .45-caliber casings, he said.

Police can also match the location of the shell casings to surveillance video to determine what caliber visible  shooters fired.

Olds' girlfriend Eshona Morrison said earlier this week that Olds was two months shy of being a father. She called Olds "the life of every party" and someone concerned about others.

Dorvil received a two-year prison sentence in connection with a Schenectady County attempted drug possession case, state records show. He was released in March and supervision is to continue into next year.

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