30-Year-Old Man Killed Following Thursday Morning Shooting in Schenectady

Schenectady police have released the name of the man killed in the second fatal shooting on Germania Avenue this year.

They say 30-year-old Andre Lee was shot several times around 10 a.m. Thursday. He was taken to Ellis Hospital, where he died around noon.

Police have outlined the nature of their investigation.

"Very serious in nature from the beginning," said Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing. "Finding out that he was in serious condition at the hospital, we could handle things in a certain way. It really doesn't change much; our detectives will work it just the same as any other shooting, but that's just a little more work that we'll do on the scene."

Police are not releasing any information about a suspect.

Meanwhile, frustrated with what's happening on her street, Nicole Benoit was a witness to Thursday's violence, hearing the gunshots, then watching from her porch through a web of police tape as investigators collected evidence following another deadly shooting. 

"We heard the gun shots, five gun shots," she said.

"Something needs to happen. Too many people are dying."

Police tape is all too familiar for Benoit. The street was the scene of the city's first homicide this year on January 30, when investigators say a 22-year-old was shot and killed in his vehicle. No one has been arrested in connection to any of the crimes.

Benoit can only hope something good will happen to clean up her street. 

"There's a whole bunch of kids that play outside," she said. "It's very scary."

As investigators marked shell casings Thursday, Marva Isaacs prayed one more time for an answer she may never have. The longtime Schenectady resident remembers all too well what last summer was like in Hamilton Hill.

"Another shooting, another death," she said. "What are we going to do?"

Police have increased their patrols, focusing on dangerous neighborhoods. Marva has hosted rallies, looking to the neighbors for answers. 

"It hurts," she said. "I'm a mother. I'm a grandmother. I'm a great-grandmother. And to see these young kids do nothing with themselves, just out there and they're getting killed before they live, it makes me really angry." 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Schenectady Police at 518-382-5100.

Tanja Rekhi contributed to this article.

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