Man shot in front of Schenectady store
SCHENECTADY A man was shot Saturday night in front of a Schenectady convenience store and taken to Albany Medical Center.
The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, was struck at least once on the 1600 block of Van Vranken Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
The incident apparently occurred in front of Kris and Bella convenience store, 1685 Van Vranken Ave. Witnesses said the victim was alert and speaking to others while awaiting an ambulance.
A nearby resident, who identified herself only as Kim, said she heard a loud sound and thought that someone was using fireworks. "Then I looked out the window, and I saw that somebody got shot."
She said that loitering and drug use along the street was a continuing problem in the area, and that police were frequently called to the area.
"They got here fast this time -- the fastest I've ever seen them come," she said, surveying the scene an hour after the shooting, when four police cars still lit the night and at least a half dozen officers were investigating.
A clerk and patrons of a nearby convenience store, NABS Convenience at 1699 Van Vranken, said 45 minutes after the shooting that they were unaware there had been an incident in front of the neighboring retailer.