Schenectady shooting suspect remains hospitalized

July 11, 2018 06:39 PM

SCHENECTADY - The suspect in Tuesday's Schenectady shooting, 47-year-old Deshawn Howard, is still hospitalized at Albany Medical Center and has not been charged. However, he was arrested before for domestic violence that happened in April. Police say that incident happened at the same home on Union Street where the shooting took place Tuesday.

The adult victim in this case had an order of protection against Howard after that incident which happened on April 11 of this year.


Howard was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault and obstructing governmental investigation after that incident.

Two months later on Tuesday, police say Howard shot three people -- a 14-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and an adult woman at the same location. All of them are now in stable condition.

An adult and infant were found in the house on Union Street as well. Both were unharmed.

Schenectady Police joined forces with the New York State Police, Niskayuna Police and Glenville Police to try to find Howard for several hours on Tuesday. Large portions of Brandywine, Union, Rugby and Ardsley were closed for hours while police searched for Howard. Residents and area businesses had people stay inside while that was going on.

Howard was eventually found in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is still alive and is now in custody.

Police were still on scene Wednesday afternoon, but they say nothing further has happened.

It's still unclear whether or not Howard had a pistol permit or if he obtained the weapon or weapons he used in the shooting legally or illegally.

TRUST NewsChannel 13 to keep working to get that information. We'll bring you anything new we get on and our later newscasts.


Emily Burkhard

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