TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A man was recovering in the hospital Thursday night after a shooting mere blocks from a school in the Collar City. Police said calls came in for a shooting at the City Deli Market around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police claim the 21-year-old was shot in the leg and was expected to recover. Troy Assistant Chief of Police Steven Barker said the victim was targeted and shot inside the market on Middleburgh Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Police said that there is no threat to the public at this time, but that the incident could have been much worse. “Our initial information is it was targeted. A suspect sought him out inside of the store and caused these reckless acts,” Barker said. “There were other customers that were in the store at the time, so that obviously upgrades the recklessness of the act with what the suspect was willing to do.”
Frequent customers of the store said that this is not the first time something like this has happened, and that they’ve asked for help. District two councilmember Steven Figueroa did not respond to NEWS10’s request for comment by press time.
“Troy and the Capital Region continues to see an unacceptable increase in gun violence on our streets and in our neighborhoods. This latest shooting is within walking distance of a park and a school, and that’s just not acceptable. The police and we at the grassroots local level are doing everything humanly possible to combat this escalating crisis,” said Carmella Mantello, the Troy City Council President. “I have seen firsthand on the streets since bail reform and other criminal justice changes the arrogance by criminals and a sense that there will be no punishment for their actions. I invite the Governor and other state leaders to Troy to hear firsthand from our residents what is happening on our streets and the need to make dramatic changes to bail reform and other criminal justice changes which have occurred over the past two years.”
Assistant Chief Barker was confident his officers will make a quick arrest. “I want to recognize the detectives in the patrol officers for a quick response because that might make the difference here and making a solid quality arrest and the community members have spoken up, they will not tolerate the violence in the neighborhood,” he said.
Barkers said that Troy has seen 27 shootings with 32 victims this year, four of which were fatal. The police department has removed 76 illegal guns and made 41 arrests in connection with those shootings.