ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Law enforcement sources close to this case say investigators are looking into whether or not the Rocks Nightclub shooting was in retaliation for a scuffle and alleged shooting at Crossgates Mall.
Tasheem Maeweather, 21, of Albany, was arraigned Monday on a four-count grand jury indictment – the charges stem from second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Maeweather is accused of shooting at an unknown victim in the vicinity of the Apple Store on November 12th.
The shooting caused thousands of frantic shoppers and employees to flee and had armed officers locking down and searching the mall.
Maeweather was already on probation on a drug charge. He managed to get out of the mall before it was placed on lockdown but was picked up by police in Albany later. Officers were helped by the GPS monitoring device strapped to Maeweather’s ankle.
Maeweather pleaded not guilty in court. His attorney Lee Kindlon said the prosecution lacks solid evidence .
“Right now the people have attempted murder charges without a victim and a weapons charge without a weapon.”
Sources with intimate knowledge of this case say one working theory is that it surrounds rising tensions between rival gangs in Albany and Troy, and resulted in the recent fatal shooting of a Troy man who was attending a party at Rocks Nightclub in Albany.
Wendell “Nuke “Hill, 26, was killed. Those same sources telling News10ABC that Hill had also been placed at the mall during the shooting there.
Kindlon said he had no knowledge of any connection to gang activity with his client. He did say his client has maintained that he got into a scuffle with some other men at the mall, heard the shots just like everyone else and ran out.