Broad daylight shooting injures 15-year-old boy

September 18, 2017 07:06 PM

Schenectady Police were called to a shooting at the corner of Albany and Hulett Streets around 10 a.m. Monday morning.

They found a scared 15-year-old boy shot in the ankle, lying on the sidewalk. His back was against a liquor store.

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Police say there was one shooter and one victim. However, it could have been worse. At least two shots went through the window of a common room at a new apartment building.

Police say people were out and about when the shots were fired.

"I said, 'Don't move. Don't move. Stay right here.' I went right out on our second-floor porch and I looked down and all I see is a kid laying on the ground," recalled Brandon Lahn-Schofield, a neighbor.

He says this is the last straw. He's moving out after Monday's shooting. Lahn-Schofield is worried it could be his kids if this happens again.

Stray bullets went through the glass at an apartment building across the street. Luckily, the shared kitchen was empty.

The Joseph Allen Apartments were just built. They're so new, no one lives in the affordable housing yet.

The area is one of the city's crime hot spots. Plenty of people already live here.

"There's a lot of people that live in this area. Very large buildings that hold numerous amounts of people. It's dangerous for everyone.

Detectives were looking at surveillance footage. There were at least six cameras in the area where the young man was shot.

Mayor Gary McCarthy said the shooting was tragic, but had no comment beyond that.

Lahn-Schofield had plenty to say.

"My hopes and prayers go out to the family of this kid that got shot, but at the same time, this is, I guess, what we bargain for when we live here," he conceded.

Police didn't give a description of the shooter or any suspects.

An employee of the apartments climbed into an ambulance after this happened, but police say he wasn't a victim.


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