Schenectady police investigating fatal shooting

November 03, 2016 06:26 PM

SCHENECTADY - Two people are dead after being shot in a Schenectady apartment Wednesday night. Police say they found a man and woman's bodies at 401 Shannon Street after responding to a 911 call.

Late Thursday afternoon, police identified the two victims as Desire Pagan, 39, and Wayne Goodwin, 40. Multiple neighbors say Pagan had two children. However, police still won't say how or why the two adults ended up dead.

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Pagan lived in the upstairs apartment at 401 Shannon Street. After a 911 call for shots fired at 9:30 Wednesday evening, police found her dead along with Wayne Goodwin, 40. Police don't know where Goodwin is from and they won't say how the two knew each other.

"As of right now, it’s an open investigation. Every possibility is being considered, but if you’re asking if the public’s in any danger, no, we don’t feel they are," assured Sgt. Matt Dearing with Schenectady Police Department.

Shannon Street is unassuming and quiet. The houses all look the same. Not even the woman living downstairs knew there was trouble upstairs. She wouldn't go on camera, but says Pagan moved in over the summer. She had one child under five and another in their teens. Neither child was injured.

The woman says she never heard fighting and she thought the gunshots last night were just fireworks like usual.

NewsChannel 13 talked to neighbor Daniel Vaughan who says he'd always see the woman and her kids while he walked his dog.

"They were friendly people. People that just went [about] day to day business and just gave you a quick smile or a quick wave. They were certainly nice," recalled Vaughan.

Neighbors quickly heard what happened after police showed up.

"That is like one of the craziest things I've heard," admitted Lamont Champen, another neighbor. "I've only lived in this end of Schenectady for a year but nothing like that happens here."

"A lot of communities you say, ‘Well, this could never happen here.’ A lot of times they are isolated incidents and Bellevue has always been a great community, a great neighborhood and I still think it is," concluded Vaughan.

NewsChannel 13 is waiting to hear back from police on the autopsy results.


WNYT Staff

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