Shotgun killings ended troubled lives

Saturday, April 18, 2009
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— The shooter in Thursday night’s Union Street killing lured his victim from the apartment, then fired at him with a shotgun, police said. He then drove away.

When the incident was over, the shooter was dead in Niskayuna of a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head. Two Niskayuna police officers fired five shots, not knowing if the blast was meant for them or others.

But exactly what caused such rage remained unknown, police said.

The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Evan Schwarz, lured Anthony Marko, 21, from his apartment at 854 Union St., first with a promise of beer, then with a promise of returning something.

“The two came down to the truck, on the roadside,” Schenectady Assistant Police Chief Brian Kilcullen said at a Friday afternoon news conference. Schwarz grabbed his recently purchased shotgun from the front seat. “He shot Marko and, while he was down, shot him at least one more time.”

Marko was hit in the head and chest and died instantly, authorities said.

They said Schwarz fled east on Union Street in the truck, eventually ending up at Hillcrest Village Apartments in Niskayuna.

But police were already there, speaking to a woman described as Schwarz’ girlfriend. She was not identified.

She had called police just before 8 p.m. concerned over Schwarz. He arrived about 20 minutes after the Schenectady shooting.

He drove slowly past the officers and fired a single shotgun blast to his head.

Niskayuna officers, who heard the shot and exploding glass, returned fire.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney concluded the return of fire, a total of five shots by two officers, was justified.

“They were quite right in doing so. But it ultimately didn’t have any effect on the resolution of the matter. He killed himself with a shotgun,” Carney said.

Carney estimated the officers were about 20 feet from the truck. A third officer was just pulling in when the blast went off. The other two may have believed that officer was in danger as well.

Niskayuna Police Chief Lewis Moskowitz declined to name the officers who fired until the investigation has concluded. He said several were on the scene. No officers’ duty status has changed.

motive unclear

Still unclear is why Schwarz would target Marko.

A man identifying himself as a Schwarz friend said Thursday night that Schwarz purchased the shotgun after quarreling with his mother and father. Schwarz was also prone to suicidal thoughts whenever he failed to take his medication, the man said.

Police know Evan Schwarz and Anthony Marko were linked through a woman, whom friends have identified as Amanda Marko. Amanda Marko and Anthony Marko had been married, but they had been estranged for at least a year, police said. Police were unsure if they had been actually divorced.

Schwarz and Amanda Marko were dating. Schwarz moved into her Niskayuna apartment about two weeks ago, police said.

The estranged Markos, who had two children together, had disputes in the past significant enough for charges against Anthony Marko to be filed. He had made threats against her, according to papers filed in court.

He was charged in January 2008 with aggravated harassment, accused of repeatedly calling her in November and December 2007, threatening to kill himself and to “come after her.”

An order of protection was issued and he was accused of violating it on May 28, 2008, according to papers. In that incident, Anthony Marko was accused of grabbing Amanda by the neck and threatening to kill her and the children.

The two incidents were each wrapped up with Anthony Marko pleading guilty to violation harassment. He was to be sentenced on the most recent case next month, records show.

There was no indication of disputes since.

Friends gave a different description of Anthony Marko, calling him a straight arrow and a good man.

He worked two jobs to make ends meet.

Schwarz also had contacts with police, Kilcullen said. Those contacts, however, did not result in charges and Kilcullen would only describe them as encounters. The most recent was four or five months ago.

strange case

Kulcullen acknowledged the case isn’t following stereotypes.

“The current boyfriend usually doesn’t have the issue with the ex-boyfriend,” Kilcullen said. “The ex-boyfriend frequently has the issue with the new boyfriend. But that wasn’t the case here.”

And police hadn’t found any direct animosity that led up to the shooting. “It didn’t seem to be adversarial, from what we know so far,” Kilcullen said.

Police were also looking into when Schwarz purchased the shotgun. Kilcullen could only say Friday that it was recent.

Only a half-hour lapsed from the first call to the Niskayuna police by the girlfriend to the last shot fired by police, officials said.

Moskowitz credited the quick resolution to Niskayuna police dispatcher Kimberly Zeltins. who took the initial call from the girlfriend and connected that with the shooting in Schenectady.

“She heard the description of the vehicle in Schenectady and put two and two together,” Moskowitz said.

Zeltins was credited in 2003 with helping deliver a baby.

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April 18, 2009
8:18 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Thank God it was Niskayuna cops that were involved in the shooting, otherwise we would have a dozen articles by "Hatchet Job" Moore on how the Sch'dy Police were not justified in returning fire.

April 18, 2009
9:33 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Thank God it was the Niskayuna Police that fired on the truck because if it were the Sch'dy Police we would have to endure countless stories filled with inaccuracies and outright lies by Kathleen "Hatchet Job" Moore.

April 18, 2009
5:58 p.m.
asmithee says...

Ok. So apparently the Niskayuna Police actually do more than just give out speeding tickets to people. What a surprise.

April 18, 2009
9:59 p.m.
szamboti says...

What an idiotic comment asmithee.

How nice though, the cops giving credit to the dispatcher.

April 19, 2009
8:20 p.m.
dsps121506 says...

Anthony Marko was a good kid.He did work two jobs and he supported his children by every meas possble.He had no real enemys and had alot of friends.He was the person everyone liked and he treated people with respect no matter what.Anthony was truly an amazing person and thats how he should be rememerd.All people make mistakes in life but honestly he was one of the few that never let anyone get him down...R.I.P Marko we all love you!

April 19, 2009
8:53 p.m.
xxsassybl0ndexx says...

No one will ever know the cause and reasons behind Anthony Marko's Death. But i can honestly say, Marko was a good guy. he was always there for people and a genuine person. who did not deserve what so ever what got handed to him. I don't appreciate the things being said about him. We want to remember him on good terms and i refuse to respond to this nonsense being said about him. its absolutely absurd. I new him as a wonderful guy, with a good heart, and a good head on his shoulders. he did do what he had to do to get by in life and he loves his kids more then anything. So i refuse to listen to anything bad that is being said about him its all not necessary. Marko I'll Always have you in my heart! love you always! R.I.P hun~!

April 20, 2009
2:26 p.m.
AnnonamyMe says...

I was visiting my then boyfriend very near to this shooting and heard the shots and went out since I was leaving to go home, which is outside of Schenectady and did not expect to see what I saw. How terribly sad for all the friends and family.

What an example of how God works in all our lives and how something like this can even impact the lives of people that are not immediately involved. Seeing that young man laying there was a sad traumatic incident for me and I felt so unsafe and could not wait to go home. I did not wait to find out the outcome. I did not want to talk to anyone either. I just wanted to leave not knowing what brought this on. I thought it was another drive by shooting in a nice area of Schenectady. I felt so unsafe there at that time. When I think of these 2 young men and their families and how horrible this is for them. The things being said on both sides are just horrible. Concentrate on the lives lost and the children growing without their father. Families and friends will be mourning and do not need to hear who did what.

This will be one Schenectady shooting that will be in my thoughts forever. I will be thinking of all those involved and their pain and I pray that God watch over everyone involved.

Oddly enough I left to go home and my so called boyfriend ended up meeting up with another woman nearby and so ended our relationship. This has changed our lives as well -- one persons decision to act out his revenge for whatever reason he felt necessary. I will never forget the names of these two young men. It's just funny how God works in our lives. I do not regret what direction my life has taken, but the memory of the death of these young men will live in my memory forever.

My prayers go out to all the families and friends. God bless you all!

April 20, 2009
10:40 p.m.
djlucky919 says...

wow i cant beleive all thuis bs you have wrotten about my best friennd and basically my brother..i have known anthony my whole life i lived with him at northeast went to school with him and even was on a youth leadership team called youth in progress.. which was to help youth in foster care so for you to say anthony marko was a bad guy is definetly wrong and belive me it is...i grew up wtih marko and spent alot of time with him..he was the greates guy you could ever know..and marko i just want you to kno ima miss you bro and i love you man cant wait to see you again

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