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Albany police make string of gun violence arrests

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 20, 2020 08:11 PM
Created: October 20, 2020 06:29 PM

Albany police have made several arrests in the recent string of shootings.

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As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, this has been a violent time in the city.

There were five shootings starting early Sunday morning.

The latest one was Monday evening.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says with the arrests, they've also gotten several guns off the streets.

These arrests mirror similar gun violence incidents and arrests made earlier this year as the city continues to battle this unprecedented level of violent gun crimes.

Three people were arrested for the shootings on Mount Hope Drive Monday night.

Eshawn Berkly is charged with attempted murder after a 56-year-old man and a 44-year-old man were shot at around 6:50.

Police say about an hour after the shootings, a patrol officer who was riding with a trooper from the New York State Police saw a vehicle they believed to be involved, so they conducted a traffic stop and he was placed under arrest.

Further investigation led them to stop another car where a 16-year-old was found with a handgun and has also been charged with attempted murder.

The investigation then led them to a home on Judson Street, where another 16-year-old male was found with two handguns, at least one of which was stolen property.

The fourth arrest was made in a separate incident that left a 15-year-old with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Police say 18-year-old Jordan Latimer shot the younger teen around 1 a.m. Monday morning then fled on foot. Officers were able to chase him down and place him under arrest.

Two handguns were found nearby.

Latimer has been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The chief says we should expect one more arrest very soon.

Hear his thoughts on the arrests by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins discusses gun violence arrest


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