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Police say Troy shooting was part of Troy-Albany gang feud

Updated: 05/01/2014 7:21 PM
Created: 05/01/2014 9:09 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

TROY - A person is stabbed not long after authorities announce new efforts to combat growing crime in the city.

The Thursday stabbing happened just down the road from last weekend's shooting that injured five people.

Not only that, it happened an hour after police and the mayor tried to send a message that this type of violence will not be tolerated.

Fourth Street here was the scene of the shooting over the weekend -- it was also the backdrop for city officials and police this morning -- calling for an end to the violence.

“These actions will not be tolerated and we will do everything in our power to end this apparent pattern of violence,” said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.

About an hour after Rosamilia said those words, police received a call for a stabbing on River Street. The victim, a 25 year-old male, went to St. Mary’s Hospital.

“That victim right now is being less than cooperative. They were treated there and then transferred to Albany Med with pretty serious injuries,” said Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf.

Police say there's no suspect yet. However, it's that kind of violence they feel has been on the rise. Just over the weekend, five people were shot on Fourth Street when a gunman opened fire into a crowd in front of Gino's Pizza. Investigators say two of the victims were targeted in a feud between rival gangs in Albany and Troy, but the other three were innocent bystanders.

“When you have the shooting of innocent bystanders, there are some precautions that have to be taken,” said Troy Police Chief John Tedesco.

As part of the precautions, Tedesco and the Rosamilia say more police officers will be patrolling the streets -- especially the area of Fourth Street which is always filled with people on the weekends between midnight and 4 a.m. That's when the bars close. Police are also planning on being more aggressive in their search for those criminals.

“If you come here and you engage in the activities like last week, you're not simply going to walk away,” warned Tedesco.

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