SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As friends and loved ones mourn the loss of a Schenectady man killed in a Monday night shooting, neighbors are hoping the tragedy will be the start of change.
Police said Carlos Figueroa was found shot on Paige Street just after 9 p.m. on Monday. He was taken to Ellis Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A memorial now sits at the corner of Strong Street and Paige Street to remember the 26-year old.
Residents say the community has been riddled with crime for too long, and it’s time to turn things around. They hope Schenectady police will play a part in that effort.
For Angelica Morris, it began with a knock.
“It was officers at my door asking me if I had heard anything about a fatal shooting in front of my door,” she said.
Morris lives a few feet from where police said Figueroa was found shot.
“It’s just a very sad day right now,” she said.
Police believe Figueroa was shot outside on or near Paige Street.
A man who lives near the scene of the shooting said the violence in the area is out of control.
“It’s getting to the point where it’s out of hand,” he said. “Definitely need more policing.”
A memorial grew throughout the day Tuesday as mourners pushed for a resolution to the violence.
“Enough is enough with the gun violence,” Morris said.
Sgt. Matthew Dearing with the Schenectady Police Department said residents should be cautious.
“Be vigilant,” he advised. “Always be mindful of your surroundings; people around you.”
He also said to avoid being outside alone unless necessary.
“If you don’t have to be outside at night, please don’t be outside,” he said.
Dearing said police are looking into the shooting as possibly being gang related. They do not have suspect information to release.