Albany

Albany shooting victim was from Niskayuna

Albany has seen an "alarming" spike in gun violence
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ALBANY — The man shot in broad daylight Thursday in Albany, and later died, has been identified as a Niskayuna resident.

Albany police late Friday afternoon identified the shooting victim as 34-year-old Dwayne Fenner.

Fenner was shot shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday on Third Street, between North Lake Avenue and Quail Street, in what was the fourth shooting of the day in the city, Albany police said. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. Police said the weapon was a handgun, but presented no other details.

“The investigation remains on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact detectives,” said police spokesman Ptl. Steve Smith.

Not much information was available on Fenner Friday afternoon.

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The death occurred on a day when there were four separate shooting incidents in the city, involving 12 people being injured. The Fenner shooting followed another shooting less than two hours before. There were also two early-morning shootings. In one of the shootings eight people were injured when someone in a vehicle fired toward a group of people.

The multiple shootings and Fenner’s death were the latest developments in a spate of gun violence in Albany neighborhoods that one city official described as “alarming.”

“We are seeing in this city — and across the country — a significant increase in gun violence,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said at a press conference Friday..

“It is unacceptable, and we are here to convey to the community that we are outraged by this,” said Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

 

A year ago at this time, he said, there had been nine shooting incidents; this year there have been 39, he said.

“There’s a significant increase in gun violence across the country,” Hawkins said.

Reach staff writer Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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