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Press conference Thursday in Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna

Press conference Thursday in Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna

Press conference Thursday in Ayanna Hunter homicide investigation in Niskayuna
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NISKAYUNA - A press conference is set for Thursday afternoon to update the investigation into the May 27 shooting death of Ayanna Hunter in Niskayuna, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office announced.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney announced the press conference in a press release and indicated that the subject of the press conference "is the shooting death of Ayanna Hunter on May 27, 2019."

Carney declined to elaborate later Wednesday.

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

Thursday Update: DA: Grand jury finds Ayanna Hunter aggressor in Niskayuna shooting, killing 'legally justified'

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.

One person has previously been charged in connection with the incident, though not related to Hunter's death.

Pierre D. Thompson, 19, of Schenectady was arrested in June on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

Thompson was 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 filed in the case against Thompson.

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

Thursday Update: DA: Grand jury finds Ayanna Hunter aggressor in Niskayuna shooting, killing 'legally justified'

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