Eight people face weapons charges after Albany shooting

July 19, 2019 04:17 PM

ALBANY - Eight people in Albany face weapons possession charges in connection to a shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy. Police say they were spotted running into a nearby home after the child was shot Thursday afternoon in the city's South End.

The little boy was sleeping indoors at a home on the corner of Third Avenue and Elizabeth Street that serves a daycare when he was hit by a stray bullet from outside.

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Police tell NewsChannel 13 the young men under arrest were probably the intended victims. Police searched the home they ran into and found a .45 caliber handgun, a .38 caliber revolver, and a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle. The .45 caliber handgun was reported stolen from Virginia.

It's unclear if any of those weapons was the one that shot the child.

Daron Simmons, 17, Eric Kersey, 17, Michael Thompson, 19, and Kayontee Bartee, 21, are now charged, along with three 16-year-old suspects and a 15-year-old suspect.

No arrests have been made yet for the actual shooting.

The child is expected to be okay.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.


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