SCHENECTADY, NY - A man shot Friday afternoon near 425 Schenectady St. has died, according to police in Schenectady.
The victim, Charles Bowman, 43, of Schenectady, was transported to Ellis Hospital ER with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died from his wounds.
Police do have a suspect, Terell Bethea, who is currently in custody.
Bethea was arraigned this morning by the sitting city judge and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail.
His next scheduled court date is Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
Judith Jiminez knew Bowman for the past eight years. Bowman was pronounced dead at the hospital late Friday night. "He just took a bullet for everybody, not one bullet, he took like three bullets for everyone in this neighborhood," Jiminez said.
She says she heard an argument unfold between Bowman and the suspect Terrell Bethea. Police say when they arrived, multiple shots had been fired and Bowman was struck by at least one bullet in the upper body. "He was trying to be the peacemaker and in return he got killed, point blank," said Jiminez.
"People are out of control. It was 2:30 in the afternoon. Anyone could have been killed," said Dawn Raysor, Bowman's longtime friend.
Some of the children in the neighborhood were just getting home from school. They say they had to stay on the bus as officers combed through the crime scene. "I was thinking about the stray bullets," said Dina Diotte, a mother who lives in the neighborhood. "I was on the balcony with my son."
Raysor grew up in the neighborhood with Bowman. She says she's has watched the crime get worse, and she's fed up. "We have to take back the community before more people die."
"It was over the stupidest thing in the world, and now he's gone," added Jiminez.
Officers say the details and motive of this shooting are still under investigation, but they do know the suspect, Bethea lived near the neighborhood. Bethea also has a prior criminal history.