Bullet holes found in Albany County Democratic headquarters building

July 18, 2018 11:10 PM

ALBANY - Nine bullet holes were found in the front window of the Albany County Democratic Committee Headquarters on Wednesday morning. Albany Police think it was a targeted attack.

That's because the building on Colvin Avenue houses several office spaces, but no other bullet holes were found.

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Fortunately no one was in the office when this happened. But committee chair Jack Flynn said it's not uncommon to have volunteers working on campaigns there at night.

"It does scare me because I do a lot of volunteer work at night,” Flynn said. “I do have campaigns that do come in here at night to use headquarters for some local elections."

Flynn said some changes may be in order.

"I may have to move the room, I may have to sometimes go to a different venue,” Flynn said. “But we will still continue, I'll still be here at night with volunteers."

Police said the holes may have actually been created in two different incidents.

"We know through talking to some people here that at least one of the holes may have been there as early as last week,” Albany Police Spokesperson Steve Smith said. “But definitely sometime last night, after people left here, until this morning when people arrived at work, somebody had come in front of this building and fired several rounds."

Police found only bullet fragments which were lodged into the wall on the other side of the room. They're not sure what caliber or type of gun was used.

Police are looking for security camera footage to help with their investigation. Flynn said their building does not have cameras, but that too may change.

"There was never a need to put cameras in the building, but maybe moving forward with all the animosity and everything going on in the country and local [sic],” Flynn said,

If caught, the person or persons responsible will likely face a felony criminal mischief charge.

“We are confident we will find who this is and make an arrest,” Smith said.

If you have any information that could help police in their investigation you're asked to call the Albany Police Department. You can also call in an anonymous tip at 1-(833)-ALB-TIPS.


WNYT Staff

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