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4 people shot in Schenectady, suspect arrested

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A suspect is in custody after several people were shot in Schenectady on Tuesday.

There were four victims in the shooting, including one adult female, two children, and the suspect.

Around 12:50 p.m., police responded to 1373 Union St. for a reported domestic incident. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a 16-year-old female and 7-year-old male with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Union Street and Brandywine.

An injured 35-year-old woman was seen leaving the residence. Inside the home, was an unharmed 1-year-old boy. Another woman was also taken into custody but her involvement is unknown. She was not injured in the shooting.

The suspect, 47-year-old Deshawn Howard, was found in a residence on Summit Avenue. A source close to the investigation said Howard had a gunshot wound to the face.

Several neighbors were out on the street watching and waiting for answers after witnessing what they said was a horrific scene.

"I just saw two kids running. They collapsed on the lawn. I ran across and saw that the little boy was shot in the stomach and the chest, and the girl was shot in the face and neck, Jean Taglieri, of Schenectady, said. “I stayed with them until the ambulance came because the little boy was so upset he thought he was going to die.”

Neighbors said the 16 year old was equally distressed.

“She was bloody, and it didn’t look good at all,” Adam Bennett, of Schenectady, said. “She was saying, ‘Mommy.’ Repeating it.”

Her mother was also one of the injured. Dawn Rapp knows her well after years of caring for her two children in a daycare facility.

“I’ve had these kids since they were babies,” she said. “They’re family to me.”

Rapp immediately went to the house when she heard what happened. She was worried about the mother, who she said was the rock of the family.

“She’s an awesome mom,” Rapp said. “Always there for her kids. She always protected those kids. This is crazy. It’s crazy.”

All four victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment. All four were listed in stable condition Tuesday night. The infant was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police provided an update around 3:30 p.m. regarding the shooting:

 

 

Police said they received a tip from someone in the community about the shooter.

“It was a phone call to the dispatch center,” Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford said.

They said community involvement is so helpful that after three hours of searching for the shooter, they considered asking the public for help one more time.

“We were close to coming here and just putting the suspect’s name out to the public for assistance,” Clifford said. “So it’s always helpful to get the calls from the public.”

"This is a tragic event. These are hard to predict and hard to prevent, but when it happens, look at our response," Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said. "The community can rest assured that the individuals are in custody and the community is safe going forward."

Officials have not said when Howard will be arraigned.

 

 


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