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Indictment: Accused July Schenectady shooter also tried to kill baby

Indictment: Accused July Schenectady shooter also tried to kill baby

The baby was uninjured in the attack
Indictment: Accused July Schenectady shooter also tried to kill baby
Police at the scene in July
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- The man accused of shooting his girlfriend and two of her children over the summer, is now accused of also trying to kill the woman's infant son.

Dushawn Howard, 47, of Schenectady, faces a new attempted murder count related to the third child, according to the unsealed indictment in the case. 

The indictment does not indicate how Howard allegedly tried to kill the 1-year-old, only that he tried to kill the boy.

The baby was not injured in the attack, and a Daily Gazette photographer captured images of the child being carried safely from the scene by rescuers.

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham this week would not describe the new allegations, beyond what was in the indictment, other than to say Howard tried to kill the boy through means separate from his attack on the others in the house.

He also faces a felony reckless endangerment count related to the baby.

The additional count means Howard now faces a total of four charges of second-degree attempted murder.

If convicted on those all of those charges, he would face up to 100 total years in state prison.

All those injured in the attack continue their recovery, Tremante-Pelham said.

Police arrested Howard within hours of the July 10 shooting, which took place at 1373 Union St. Howard fled the Union Street home and was captured at a Summit Avenue address with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He remained hospitalized under guard until he was moved to the jail on Aug. 1, records show. He remains in custody there.

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In all, Howard faces 20 charges in the new indictment. 

The shooting happened about three months after the woman told police she feared for her life and the lives of her children, because Howard previously threatened to shoot them all if the woman left him.

In the earlier incident, she spoke to police after Howard repeatedly punched her in the face at the 1373 Union St. address. That resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges being filed against Howard, as well as 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.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Howard faces one count of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree attempted assault, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree criminal use of a firearm, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated criminal contempt, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count each of misdemeanor assault and menacing.

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