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New details released in Schenectady shooting of mother, children

New details released in Schenectady shooting of mother, children

He shot one victim from less than five feet away, police allege
New details released in Schenectady shooting of mother, children
Police respond to the July 10 shooting on Union Street
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- Court documents filed Wednesday shed new light on the case of a man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and two of her children last week inside a Union Street apartment.

Dashawn Howard, 47, of Schenectady, was formally charged and arraigned Tuesday on three counts of attempted murder in the July 10 shooting of a woman, 35, and two of her children, ages 16 and 7. All three victims survived.

Court documents give police estimates on how close Howard was to two of his victims when he shot them, as well as details about the injuries suffered by each.

Howard fired at the mother inside the 1373 Union St., second floor, apartment from a distance of less than 5 feet, the documents state. She was struck once in the face.

Howard fired at the victim, believed to be the 16-year-old, from less than 10 feet away. She was hit once in the face and neck area. 

Howard is accused of intentionally firing twice at the 7-year-old boy from an unspecified distance. The boy suffered wounds to his abdomen and thigh.

A 1-year-old child in the home at the time was not injured, authorities said.

A prosecutor indicated Tuesday evening that the children were improving. An updated status on all three victims wasn't available Wednesday.

Howard is expected to face further charges once a grand jury hears the case, but the three attempted murder counts -- three separate acts -- carry a potential maximum prison term of 75 years.

If convicted, Howard could also be labeled as a persistent felon and receive a life sentence.

Howard was arrested within hours of the shooting at an address on Summit Avenue in Schenectady. He had an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound when he was taken into custody and remained hospitalized Tuesday at Albany Medical Center. He was arraigned there and remains in custody.

Police listed his address in the arrest log as the address where the shooting happened, 1373 Union St., Apt. 2.

Police based the charges on witness statements, surveillance video footage, the victims' injuries and other evidence, according to documents.

Police documents filed in court also identified two of the victims, believed to be the mother and 16-year-old, as Aishah Goodwin-Parker and Eyanna L. Graves.

Goodwin-Parker previously told police she feared for her and her children's lives, as Howard had threatened to shoot them all if the woman left him, according to papers filed in court related to an April incident in which Howard repeatedly punched her in the face at the 1373 Union St. address. 

That incident resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges against Howard, a two-day jail stay on $1,000 bail and a full stay-away order of protection for both the woman and her children, records show.

Howard's name has been spelled multiple ways in both his current case and past cases. Court documents in the current case spell it Dashawn Howard.

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