SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are investigating after a man went on a violent rampage that included assaulting another man with a claw hammer.
Around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said two individuals got into an argument while inside the second floor apartment of 15 Grove St. in Schenectady. The suspect then picked up a hammer and struck the victim repeatedly in the head with the tool.
“I don’t think this was directed at us,” Mohawk Ambulance manager Daniel Gilmore said. “I think the individual was just very troubled.”
Gilmore said a random man arrived at the front door of the Mohawk Ambulance hub and started banging on the front door. After an employee didn’t open the door, he allegedly smashed through the glass with a hammer.
“I don’t think he came here purposely with an issue to settle with us,” Gilmore said. “I think he had some issues going on, and for all I know, he could have come here seeking help and was upset that he wasn’t getting the help that he needed.”
When officers arrived on scene, the suspect threw the hammer at the patrol car. As officers exited the vehicle, the suspect produced a large knife and menaced the officers, according to police.
“It’s a little nerve wracking,” Gilmore said. “The good thing is that we obviously had the police on the phone, and they were here within minutes.”