Five Shot, One Dead - Overnight Shooting Spree is More Bad News for Albany

Middle of the night or broad daylight - holidays, weekends, and every day in between - gun violence in the streets of Albany knows no holidays and doesn't take a day off.

The sound of multiple gunshots sent shockwaves through "center square" in Albany on Sunday. During broad daylight, at around 4:40 in the afternoon, a man fired his handgun in the direction of two women fighting on the corners of State and Lark Street in Albany.

According to the Albany Police, a 27-year-old Albany man has been charged in connection with that shooting that rattled residents who live in an area on Lark Street where people like to hang out with friends and family, walk their dogs and chat with neighbors.

What Happened Overnight on Tuesday Morning?

According to sources, police are still investigating more Albany shootings after an overnight shooting spree saw which five people were shot, one of them, unfortunately, died from their wounds.

It hasn't been reported whether or not the two incidents are linked, but they did happen within an hour of one another and within just a few short blocks of each other.

The first shooting

The first took place at around 1:20 a.m. when according to the press release, officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and Lexington Avenue for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, "officers located evidence consistent with gunshots and two males who sustained gunshot wounds."

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Central Ave and Lexington in Albany - site of an overnight shooting in Albany on Tuesday morning
According to the police report, "three other males walked into Albany Medical Center Hospital’s emergency room with non-life threatening gunshot wounds that are believed to have been sustained during the same incident at Central Avenue and Lexington Avenue."

The second shooting

Less than an hour after the first shots were reported, more came at around 2:15 a.m. That's when officers responded to the 400 block of Central Avenue for reports of another shooting.  According to the police report, officers at the scene found a 36-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the torso - he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Central Ave and Ontario in Albany - site of an overnight shooting in Albany on Tuesday morning

In a span of fewer than 36 hours, 6 people were shot, and one dead in 3 separate Albany incidents - all within a mile of one another.

Thank you to the fine Albany Police Officers who do the best they can to keep our streets safe - it's a stressful, thankless, dangerous job - and we appreciate the good ones who wear that badge with honor.

Because whether it be in broad daylight, overnight while most of us are sleeping, on weekends, weekdays, and holidays - violence in the streets of Albany rarely takes a day off.

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