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Man faces weapons count linked to Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna

Man faces weapons count linked to Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna

He remains in custody, held without bail, officials say
Man faces weapons count linked to Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna
Left: Ayanna Hunter with Albany High in 2016; Right: Ayanna Hunter in 2013.
Photographer: Gazette file photos and provided photos

NISKAYUNA - A man is being held on a felony weapons count connected to the investigation into the May 27 shooting death of Ayanna Hunter, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Pierre D. Thompson, 19, of Schenectady, faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony.

He is accused of possessing a loaded firearm May 27 at about 8:15 p.m. at Hillcrest Village West "with intent to use the same unlawfully against the victim, Ayanna Hunter," according to the felony complaint prepared in the case against Thompson.

Police based the accusations against Thompson on their investigation, according to the complaint.

Hunter, 21, was shot and killed at Hillcrest Village the evening of May 27.

Police and witnesses said a gathering had been going on there on the Memorial Day holiday when police said as many as eight shots were fired. Hunter was taken to Ellis Hospital by paramedics, where she died.

Though Thompson is accused of intending to use a gun against Hunter, he is not charged with actually shooting her.

The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury soon, prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said. There is a possibility that once the grand jury is complete that others could be charged, she said.

The investigation is continuing, Tremante-Pelham said. She declined to comment further.

Thompson turned himself in to authorities and has been held without bail since June 26, officials said. 

Police have asked anyone with information on Hunter's death to contact Niskayuna police through the county dispatch center at 518-630-0911.

Thompson is represented by attorney Cheryl Coleman, officials said. Coleman could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Hunter was remembered by those who knew her as a laid back person who loved her family.  She was also remembered for her skills on the basketball court. She also played basketball on multiple local teams, including Albany High School and the Albany Lady Stars.

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