SCHENECTADY — Police are investigating after a 15-year-old teen was shot in the lower leg Monday in the city’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.
Police arrived about 10 a.m. Monday and found a young man on the sidewalk near the corner of Albany and Hulett streets, just outside the USA Wine and Liquor store. He was taken to Albany Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said.
Initial reports indicated two people may have been shot, but police believe there was only one victim and one shooter, McCutcheon said. The investigation was ongoing, and police were gathering witness accounts and surveillance footage, he said.
One woman said the 15-year-old boy was shot in the ankle. The woman, who said she lives in the neighborhood, spoke with the victim’s mother shortly after the incident happened.
“They know who did it,” the woman said, noting the shooter got away but pointed to city-operated surveillance cameras in the area.
McCutcheon did not know how many shots were fired but said a stray bullet appeared to shatter a window at the Joseph Allen Apartments across the street. The $18 million affordable housing development was expected to open to residents next month, and nobody was hurt inside, McCutcheon said.
The apartments are being developed by DePaul Properties, a Rochester-based company that oversees multiple affordable housing and assisted living units across the state.
“DePaul will continue to work with the city, the police, as well as the neighborhood stakeholders, on efforts to improve safety in this important neighborhood,” said Gillian Conde, vice president of DePaul Properties, in a prepared statement about Monday's shooting.
One man, who said his name was Robert but would not provide his last name, said he is moving into the Joseph Allen Apartments next month. The shooting is unfortunate, he said, but it did not change his opinion of the development.
“This doesn’t scare me,” he said. “I’m from New York (City). If you send my mother-in-law up, that’ll scare me.”
Streets around where the shooting occurred had reopened to traffic as of 12:20 p.m., after having been closed due to the investigation.