Suspect in fatal Rocks nightclub shooting has gang history

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police believe they have the person in custody who killed a man inside Rocks nightclub.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, a heavy police presence shut down a section of Henry Johnson Blvd. Law enforcement sources say Kareem Blacknall, 30, was picked up here Friday afternoon on a parole warrant.

Law enforcement sources says he is their suspect in the Rocks Nightclub shooting.

Neighbors say they saw police search an apartment on First Street.

Police also shut down Pearl Street that afternoon after sources say Blacknall struggled to escape from police.

The suspect is a familiar face to the feds.

In 2010, undercover agents sniffed out 41 members and associates of the Bloods for supplying a steady stream of drugs and guns to the Capital Region.

Blacknall was identified as a “key associate.”

The network was so organized its members swore oaths of loyalty, met weekly and faced beatings for any misstep, according to the attorney general’s office.

Law enforcement sources say Blacknall was dropped off at Albany Memorial Hospital on August 23, beaten and unconscious, but that he was less than cooperative.

He’s been out on a parole since 2014, but was most recently arrested in May 2015 on a criminal trespassing charge.

He was convicted, but has not yet been sentenced for that crime.


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