Shots fired in Schenectady near elementary school

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police are searching for suspects after shots were fired on Jackson Place near Elmer Avenue Elementary School in Schenectady.

Patrol cars and yellow caution tape blocked off part of Jackson Place at Eastern Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Police answered to a shots fired call to find several shell casings and a car and home hit by bullets.

No one was hurt, but the shooting happened near a school. It was too close for comfort.

“The school on Eastern Avenue was contacted and placed on lockdown just due to the proximity of the incident,” Schenectady Police Sgt. Matt Dearing said. “There was no immediate threat to the school at all.”

Even though there was no immediate threat, situations like the shooting, in close enough proximity to the school is something police are taking seriously. Sgt. Dearing said law enforcement remains in contact with the district as the situation unfolds.

“Obviously, it’s something that we take into consideration, and we try to take every precaution possible when an incident does occur close to a school,” he said. “We do contact the school district and keep them aware of the situation as it develops.”

Police said no one was hit or hurt during the incident. Investigators continue to canvass the area and ask anyone with information to contact them.

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