Man shot in front of Schenectady store

Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The victim of a shooting in front of Kris & Bella Convenience Store at 1685 Van Vranken Ave. in Schenectady is taken to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance late Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The victim of a shooting in front of Kris & Bella Convenience Store at 1685 Van Vranken Ave. in Schenectady is taken to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance late Saturday.

— 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.

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April 20, 2014
6:57 a.m.
safny says...

The mayor will be thrilled - someone getting shot in front of a store is fuel for his campaign against the stores. He should be more concerned about that fact that so many shootings cause immediate memory loss among all the witnesses.

April 20, 2014
8:08 a.m.
airedale1950 says...

Designate certain areas of the city "special" zones. In those zones give the Police special powers to question, search and detain individuals meeting certain detailed specific criteria. Make any area in the City (or County would be even better)a special zone on any given night. Enforce the hell out of those purposely vague zones and lock up anyone deemed a threat.
If people begin screaming about their individual rights, tell them that went out the window when they and their neighbors condoned and even encourage such bad behavior.
Good people have civil rights too, and parents should not have to fear for their safety just to go visit a Grandmother and beloved Aunt on Easter weekend...or any time.Make these animals go somewhere else. Step on toes, kick some butt and stop the animals from hiding behind the dresses of those who put the civil rights of the criminal above those of the good people of the city.

April 20, 2014
6:29 p.m.
fahey says...

Don't mess up the hat .

April 20, 2014
7:42 p.m.
Will1960 says...


Who and how would these designated police zones be determined? Would your neighborhood be included in these special police zones? Not! This notion of having a police state in high crime areas is quite appealing to a lot of folks in the Capital Region. Fortunately, this pipe dream for Law & Order Zealots won't be able to get past a little thing called the Constitution.
To quote Ben Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

April 21, 2014
8:04 a.m.
airedale1950 says...

...okay Will1960, any individual with a lick of sense knows it won't happen as laws exist today...but the constitution at one time excluded women voters, the sale of Alcoholic beverages, or voting before 21 years of age. All those laws were changed constitutionally, so don't pull the that old card.
The US constitution also has provisions built in for special circumstances in the event of National or local emergencies, such as martial law. The states have the right of write their own laws within the constitution of the US and the state's own constitution.
If politician's worried more about their constituents than reelection, I would wager some smart lawyer out there could find a near perfect work a round to get a law with much more teeth in it passed.
I might still be a "Law & Order Zealot" after enactment...but I would be a safer "Law & Order Zealot" wouldn't I?
BTW...if I am a "Law and order zealot" because I want my family to be safe to live their lives...what might your all in one designated label be....?

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