Police continue to search for leads in Mechanicville death

August 08, 2017 06:55 PM

MECHANICVILLE - Police are looking for the person who shot and killed 19-year-old David Feliciano at his apartment in Mechanicville. Police found Feliciano dying in the driveway of his Grove Street home around 8:45 Monday evening. He had been shot in the torso. They tried to revive him, but it was no use.

The crime tape was still up almost a full day later. The Mechanicville police chief has called in State Police Major Crimes and BCI investigators.

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This sort of thing doesn't happen often here.

Investigators in white suits were in and out of 44 Grove Street throughout the day, collecting evidence and looking for information that could lead them to who shot Feliciano.

"Obviously it's unnerving in a community of this size," acknowledged Chief Joseph Waldron of Mechanicville Police Department. "Rest assured we are doing everything we can and bringing everything to bear to get this case resolved."

At last check, there were no suspects. Police couldn't say how many times Feliciano was shot, whether he was shot inside or outside, or what kind of gun was used. They say it wasn't a drive by and they're looking for surveillance footage.

Some neighbors, like Dan Baisley, didn't hear a thing.

"We were all sitting there trying to figure out when the gunshots went off because we never heard him and we were literally right across the street," noted Baisley.

"I was sitting out on my porch and everything was going on. Next thing you know, every cop in New York State was here," echoed Frank Steckler, another neighbor.

Feliciano lived in the house with his girlfriend and moved there recently. He's from Clifton Park and went to Shen. He worked at the Clifton Park Hoffman's Car Wash.

The house is in a quiet neighborhood, between a newly renovated church and a closed one. Police say the public is not in danger, but neighbor Steckler isn't easily convinced. He's worried about his three boys.

"My kids come out here every day and play. Everybody should be worried there's somebody out there with a gun shooting people apparently," he pointed out.

Police wouldn't say if the crime was drug related. The last homicide in Mechanicville was in 1997. The chief says he hopes to have a description of a car soon that he can share with the public.


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