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Serviceman accused of gunning down Schenectady man outside victim's home

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- An active-duty serviceman on holiday leave is in serious trouble tonight, accused of shooting a Schenectady man to death in the street in front of the victim's house.

News 10's Marie Luby talks to a witness who heard the shots, and has details on how the two men knew each other.

Marie says from the scene, "The call came in just after 5 o'clock tonight. You can see behind me where officers are still gathered right in front of 421 Paige Street. They say that's where a man was shot on the sidewalk."

Danielle Simonson, who lives a few doors down, says, "I just heard shots. I was up in my apartment. I didn't think they were shots. It sounded like, I thought it was maybe a car backfiring...and then I thought I heard some screaming."

The screaming made Simonson think twice. "I didn't even think they were shots, so I didn't even think to look until I was just thinking about it, and I'm a nurse, so I thought, 'Maybe somebody did get shot. I should go see what's going on.' "

By then Paige Street was lined with first responders. Police say 28-year-old Elijah Trainer came outside of his home during an argument with 27-year-old Raymond Van Clief of Lousiville, Kentucky. That's when police say Van Clief shot and killed Trainer.

Police tell us Trainer was dating Van Clief's ex-wife, and Van Clief made the trip here while he's on holiday leave from the military.

Police spent time looking in and around a car with Texas plates parked in front of the house.

Sgt. Luciano Savoia says, "The perpetrator may have arrived in the car, we believe."

Police say they found Van Clief in the immediate area just after the shooting. Trainer was pronounced dead at Ellis Hospital. Van Clief is charged with second degree murder.

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