TROY, N.Y. – Police were responding to a call of a man threatening to "start shooting people" in Troy nabbed their suspect, only to have a possible shooting occur moments away during the investigation.
Troy Police patrols were dispatched to area of Broadway at 3 a.m. Sunday after a caller reported a male subject threatening to discharge a firearm and "start shooting people."
After receiving a description of the suspect, an officer observed the suspect leaving the area on foot, walking east towards Third Street.
A foot chase ensued with additional units called in, and the suspect identified as 21-year-old Jallah E. McCall of 115 4th Street in Troy, was taken into custody a short time later.
During the chase, officers allegedly saw McCall throw a weapon onto a rooftop. After the area was secured, the Troy Fire Department was requested to assist in recovery of what was determined to be a loaded, stolen handgun.
McCall was arrested and charged with two counts Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd-degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd-degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm 2nd-degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2nd-degree and Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
As units waited for assistance in the rooftop search, multiple shots rang out from an area near the officers' location, specifically the block of Second Street between State and Broadway.
Officers rushed to the secondary scene, both on foot and in vehicle and approached pedestrians and vehicles on the block. Five people were detained and an area was discovered with fresh shell casings and what appeared to be a small amount blood.
Polie say the detained individuals were less than cooperative with officers and none have been taken into custody. Knowing a weapon could be stashed within reach and an injured party was not yet located, officers initiated a search of the area.
They recovered a gun, described as a medium caliber semi-automatic handgun, hidden within the wheel well of a car parked in the vicinity of the shots fired.
Police say they do not believe the two incidents are related and at this time do not believe anyone was shot.
The two incidents have caused some concern for local businesses in the area. Troy Police Cpt. John Cooney says he does not hold Broadway Brew Biergarten responsible for the incidents but says it needs to take a closer look at its nightlife.
"They recently brought in a new form of entertainment and it's fair to say they'll probably take a good hard look at whether that was the right decision," said Cooney.
Broadway Brew was shut down by the city of Troy for two months last year for what police say were incidents of fights, underage drinking, and thefts.
"They clear out the tables and chairs. They bring in the DJ and it gets loud. It gets flashy and that does, at times, bring with it violence," said Cooney.
One local bar owner believes the two-month shut down wasn't enough.
"Maybe the city needs to act a little bit more harsh this time to really make their point. Clearly being closed for two months didn't have much of an affect," said co-owner of Bootleggers Julie Keller.
A co-owner of the Broadway Brew Biergarten declined to comment. Cooney believes security must be stepped up.
"You've got to increase the security. Metal detectors at the door are always a great idea and a very strict dress code will often help keep things much safer," said Cooney.
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