Drive-by shooting legislation honors Ayshawn Davis |

Drive-by shooting legislation honors Ayshawn Davis

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 21, 2020 10:17 AM
Created: September 21, 2020 10:05 AM

There's a legislative pushback underway against a recent spike in deadly gun violence.

Some lawmakers are considering a new bill that would make punishment harsher for drive-by shootings.

On September 13, 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis was killed in a drive-by shooting on Old Sixth Avenue in Troy.

It wasn’t the first drive-by shooting in the area. Two weeks earlier, 25 rounds of small arms ammunition were sprayed into a crowd on Clinton Street in Albany. Two people were hit, including a 7-year-old child.

Prior to that shooting, an 18-year-old was killed, and three other people were shot, on Quail Street in Albany when a gunman opened fire from a speeding car.

“Drive-by shootings are an attack on our community,” Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said. “It’s got to stop. We can’t have communities living in fear like this.”

Santabarbara is teaming up with Republican State Sen. Daphne Jordan of Saratoga County, introducing legislation that would create a brand new drive-by shooting crime.

The new first-degree murder charge would be a class A felony, punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“We need to be tough on crime. Yes, this bill is tough on crime. I’m tough on crime because I want it to stop,” he added.

According to Sen. Jordan, the new bill in memory of Ayshawn Davis has already been drafted and will be assigned to a Senate Committee in the coming days.

To hear more about the proposed legislation, click on Dan Levy’s report.

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