Teenage girl fatally shot in Schenectady

September 16, 2016 05:54 PM

SCHENECTADY - A teenager is dead and police in Schenectady are searching for the killer.

Investigators say the 17-year-old was shot in the head late Thursday night inside her apartment.

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Police are very tight lipped about this case. They're either not telling us, or don't know what led to the shooting. They're not saying if they're hot on the trail of a suspect. At this point they're calling this an ongoing criminal investigation.

Lit candles now serve as a makeshift memorial in front of the home on Schenectady Street where Medina Knowles, 17, was gunned down. Some people who knew her came by to pay their respects.

"That was my baby and I just can't believe she's gone over nothing," cried Fateima Reid, the victim’s friend.

She last saw Knowles earlier in the week. She says her friend for the past year was talking about turning her life around.

"She was telling me she was going to get her birth certificate. She wanted to go back to find a job," recalled Reid.

Plans that faded away when Knowles' life was cut short late last night inside an apartment that neighbors say she shared with her mother her siblings and 2-year-old son.

"There was screaming going on. Her mother was screaming," recalled David Clark, a neighbor.

Police say there were several people inside the apartment and that's where they found Knowles with what appeared to be a gunshot to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"They took her mother out of the house. She said they killed my baby. My baby, you know what I mean. That's how we found out she got killed," explained Clark.

Police are calling it an active investigation. They say they canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed many people. However, they would not talk about possible leads.

Meanwhile, Reid and others say this was a senseless crime because Knowles, they say, didn't deserve this.

"She was supposed to be finishing school. I just can't understand why would somebody do this to her. She was quiet. She didn't bother nobody. She wasn't looking for trouble," noted Reid.

Neighbors on Schenectady Street are very concerned because that is the second killing there in the past year and there have been several others in past few years. And police say every time there's a shooting, people should be concerned. They're not saying whether the victim knew the suspect or if this was a random act.


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