ALBANY - The victims of Albany's two Wednesday homicides have been identified as a man from Troy and a man from Albany, police said.
In the first homicide, a shooting at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday on South Pearl Street, near Morton Avenue, Nyjawuan Thomas, 21, of Troy was shot and killed, police said.
In the second, at about 11:50 p.m. on Second Avenue, near Grandview Terrace, Eddie Richardson, 23, of Albany was shot and killed.
Both shootings remained under investigation Thursday and police asked anyone with information to contact detectives at 518-462-8039.
The two homicides marked the third and fourth homicides in Albany since last Thursday and are among of spate of shootings in the city over the past week.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced Wednesday that there would be increased police presence in the city as a result, including law enforcement from the state police and Albany County Sheriff's Office.
Also Thursday, 32-year-old Albany parolee Kareem Alston was charged in a shots fired incident that occurred Wednesday evening in the area of Ontario and Third streets. No injuries were reported in that incident.
Alston faces one count each of second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies.
He was arraigned and ordered held.
Another shooting Wednesday critically hurt a woman in a car in the area of First and Quail Streets at about 2:15 p.m.
The stretch of violence began last Thursday, a day that saw four separate shootings within 16 hours that injured 12, including one person who died. The person killed was identified as 34-year-old Niskayuna resident Dwayne Fenner.
The second homicide happened Saturday evening on North Lake Avenue, near First Street. Killed in that shooting was 24-year-old Albany resident William E. Hooks III.