TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Troy Police are investigating the shooting death of an 11-year old boy as a homicide after he was shot in the head late Sunday night in the area of 2266 Old 6th Avenue. According to Police, the boy was a student in the Lansingburgh School District.
Eleven-year-old Ayshawn Davis from the Lansingburgh section of Troy was identified as the young boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting late Sunday night. Troy Police said Davis was a wonderful and happy young man that was a hard worker and had a great concern for those less fortunate.
Police said Davis was standing in the area of the shooting with a group and was injured after a car sped by with gunfire coming from the vehicle. The vehicle continued north on Old 6th Avenue and fled the area, according to area witnesses.
“To say that this death is tragic is an understatement. We are all heartbroken that this young man’s life was taken so young and so senselessly and so violently. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends,” Troy Police Chief deputy Daniel DeWolf said in a statement.
The boy sustained a gunshot wound to his head and was treated by Troy Fire Department personnel on scene, he was transported to Albany Medical Center where he died from his injury. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said he was devastated to learn about the loss of another young life in the community and is working with local and state law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.
“This outrageous incident is unacceptable and the Troy Police Department is actively investigating to bring those responsible to justice. No resources will be spared in this investigation, including support & assistance from state and federal law enforcement partners.
“We urge anyone with information on this tragic incident to contact the Troy Police Department. Confronting gun violence requires the support and assistance of the entire community.
“Our hearts are with the family, friends, and classmates of the victim during this incredibly difficult time as it is with all those who have been the victims of gun violence, and all violence, this summer.
“The total disrespect for human life that we have witnessed in Troy and so many communities across the nation is more than disheartening. It is tragic and it should shock the conscience of us all. These callous acts do not reflect the values of this City or this Country. We will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice swiftly.”
Police are asking that anyone with information contact the Troy Police Department at 518-270-4427 or online.
The investigation is ongoing.
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