Homicide investigation continues as police search for suspect

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say they are investigating a homicide after someone found a dead body early Saturday morning.

“It’s a very quiet neighborhood,” Cynthia Dahlin said.

Quiet, but homey with lots of elderly and kids is how Dahlin described the Schenectady neighborhood she’s lived in for 50 years.

“Everybody minds their own business, you know but if anybody needed help, we’d all be there,” Dahlin said.

She was shocked to learn a man was shot, a block away from her home on 12th street.

“It’s sad what’s going on in the world today. Everybody’s answer to everything is taking out a gun and shoot somebody,” Dahlin said.

Sergeant Matt Dearing says they responded just before 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 2436 Campbell Avenue where they found 49-year-old Charles Dembrosky with a gunshot wound to his head.

“Medics from the Schenectady Fire Department did respond to the scene, treated him on scene,” said Dearing.

Dembrosky was later pronounced dead.

“Every time I come up here, there’s somebody new up here, and there’s always loud music noise,” former neighbor Joseph DiCocco said.

DiCocco lived across the street for 40 years where now his daughter and granddaughter both live, say the home where the incident occurred was a revolving door.

“Used to be a nice neighborhood, but now it’s getting a little rough,” DiCocco said.

The incident is something that makes DiCocco scared for his family as well as Dahlin.

“It makes you feel insecure now because this never happened here,” Dahlin said.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

They are asking anyone with any information about what happened to contact their department at 518-382-5200.

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