ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany police are investigating a shooting incident that reportedly happened late Saturday night on North Lake Avenue.
On Saturday, around 10:50 p.m., police say officers responded to the 100 block of North Lake Avenue near Elk Street for reports of shots fired. Once on scene, officers found Alexander Bolton, 29, of New Bedford, Massachusetts at the scene with a gunshot wound to the torso.
Shortly after the call, police say Albany Medical Center Hospital told officers that six men had all come into the emergency room with gunshot wounds:
- 25-year-old with a gunshot wound to the shoulder
- 26-year-old with a gunshot wound to the shoulder
- 28-year-old with a gunshot wound to the arm
- 31-year-old with a gunshot wound to the shoulder
- 37-year-old with a gunshot wound to the leg
- 42-year-old with a gunshot wound to the arm
Through the investigation, all six victims were reportedly shot during the incident on North Lake Avenue. All six men were treated at the hospital for what appear to be non-life threatening injuries, police say.
Bolton was treated on scene and taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he was later pronounce dead.
Both Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins released the following statements:
“I have been in constant communication with Chief Hawkins throughout the late night and early morning hours. Based on the preliminary investigation, I have the utmost confidence the Albany Police Department will identify those responsible for this brazen act of senseless gun violence, arrest them, and ensure they are held accountable for their callous acts,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
“In addition to the Police response, our Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance issued a Cease and Desist Order this morning to prevent any use of the building, and the building’s electricity has been disconnected. We have been citing this building for more than a year and will continue to utilize every tool available to prevent and respond to gun violence,” continued Sheehan.
“This shooting incident is a painful reminder of the traumatic impact gun violence has on individual families and our community. While we are still in the very early stages of our investigation, I am confident we will identify those responsible and bring them to justice,” said Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins.
At this time the investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Division at 518-462-8039. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers online or by downloading the free P3 Tips mobile app.