Arrest made in Schenectady killing
Brother of one of two victims faces charges
SCHENECTADY The brother of one of the victims in the city’s Hulett Street double homicide has been arrested, accused of killing the other man.
Dashaun Terry, 19, of Eastern Avenue in Schenectady, faces a charge of second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alphonzo Pittman on March 26.
Dashaun Terry is the brother of Virgil Terry, the 21-year-old who was the second victim in the shooting deaths, which prompted meetings on Hamilton Hill to find ways to decrease gun violence.
Police reports indicated that Pittman and Virgil Terry were shot on opposite sides of Hulett Street around 9:05 p.m. in the Friday night incident involving a group of men.
Pittman was shot in the back and leg while Virgil Terry took a gunshot to the chest. Virgil Terry died on the way to Ellis Hospital and Pittman was later pronounced dead not long after arriving at the hospital.
Two sport utility vehicles, one dark and the other white, reportedly fled the scene, police said last month.
The investigations continue and police have not released a motive for the shootings. A family member of Virgil Terry previously told The Gazette that he was attending Albany’s Bryant and Stratton College but was caught up in a series of retaliatory fights, for unknown reasons.
Dashaun Terry also faces charges of second and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, accused of having a gun on the Schenectady County Community College campus on Friday afternoon.
Police said Terry was on campus attending a class around 1 p.m. when he was located by detectives and brought to police headquarters to be interviewed.
Detectives later learned that Terry had left behind a backpack. They retrieved it from the college and reported finding in it a .357-magnum revolver with the serial number defaced.
College administrators were notified and they subsequently sent out a campus-wide e-mail explaining the incident.
Terry was arraigned in Schenectady City Court Saturday morning and placed in the custody of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office.