Albany Police investigating shooting of man at annual Father’s Day event

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Father’s Day event was cut short when police said a man was shot and killed.

The shooter is still at large.

A celebration was taking place in an empty lot on Delaware Street in Albany.

But, what was a friendly gathering quickly turned ugly in minutes. Now a man is dead and a memorial has been placed in the area to honor him.

“The violence needs to stop. It didn’t come to that for them to take somebody’s life,” said Ceretha Lawson, cousin of the deceased victim.

Ceretha and Regenia Lawson are heartbroken over the loss of their cousin, Terrance Roberts, whom they called “Deke.”

“He always been one of the best that we had in the family,” Ceretha Lawson said.

“He was too good of a guy for this. I don’t understand,” Regenia Lawson said.

The 46 year-old was at an annual Father’s Day event when a fight broke out between him and a group of others.

That’s when someone took out a gun and fired it multiple times.

Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department said it was just after 4 p.m., Sunday afternoon.

“When the officers arrived on the scene they located a male individual who sustained a gunshot wound to the head,” Smith said.

Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We just know that he was definitely targeted as a part of this altercation,” Smith said.

The question is, why was Roberts targeted?

James Koonce, Jr. said he was a big part of the community and had just helped him set up for the cookout.

“I’m hurt. I’m very hurt because I was with him this morning and now he’s not here with us,” Koonce, Jr. said.

Now this holiday will never again be the same for him or Roberts’ cousins.

“Father’s Day 2017 is a Father’s Day I’ll never forget,” Koonce, Jr. said.

“It’s just hard to believe, hard to believe,” Ceretha Lawson said.

Police still haven’t taken anyone into custody.

But, police did enter a home on this block this evening.

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

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