Schenectady Police searching for 2 people who fled vehicle stop

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police in Schenectady are still searching for a man involved in a domestic violence shooting Thursday morning that led to a chase and a massive manhunt.

Two other people are in custody concerning the incident. One of them is the victim of the domestic shooting, who was also in the car that led police on a chase, and the other is another man who was in that car as well. Police are still looking for the shooting suspect.

Police have identified the man they arrested as 23-year-old Jamarl Townsend of Albany.

Townsend has been charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and Multiple Vehicle and Traffic Violations.

Townsend is currently being held in Schenectady City lock-up awaiting arraignment by the sitting City Court Judge.


Haley Baxter (Schenectady PD)
Haley Baxter (Schenectady PD)

An arrest was made at 1318 State Street and Haley Baxter, 22, was taken into custody. She’s facing a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge. Schenectady police say she was the victim of shots fired at that home early Thursday morning, and a chase later involving a blue Nissan.

The shooting took place around 6:15 a.m. and the chase led police to the Hamilton Hill area where one man involved in the chase was taken into custody. It is unclear if he will be charged.

Baxter, along with Dale Gilmore, 26, who is still at large, continued to run from police which triggered a massive search for them. The search spanned several blocks in the area of Stanley, Emmett, Delamont and Steuben streets area. K-9s were used in this search and Schenectady police were assisted by the Schenectady sheriff’s department as well as state police.

Those living in the home on State Street where Baxter was living and was arrested, say this is a scary situation for them and for their children.

“I could have been walking my kid out the door and at the same time, this could have been happening and when people are in that state of mind, there’s no telling what they’ll do,” said neighbor Aylon Campbell.

He says he didn’t even know there was anyone living in that apartment, but has seen a lot of people coming in and out recently.

“It seemed like people started hanging out on that porch and next thing you know, I’m seeing people walking around up there,” Campbell said.

No one was hurt during that initial shooting. Police do still have a presence at the home on State Street. They are waiting to execute a search warrant, according to police.

Although police are still looking for Gilmore, they say the public does not need to be worried about their safety, but if anyone has any information or has seen anything suspicious, they should contact police.

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