Police identify man killed at Levels Banquet Hall in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police have identified a man shot and killed in Albany early Saturday morning.

A memorial for Dashaun Oquendo, 33, was created overnight. His nickname “Lazy” hanging above a display of candles.

Oquendo was shot and killed just before 3 a.m. inside Levels Banquet Hall on North Pearl Street. He was shot in the torso and later died at Albany Medical Center.

“The circumstances right now behind the incident are still unclear,” Albany Police Department Officer Steve Smith said. “We are still investigating to determine exactly what happened. What we do know, no matter what the circumstances were, nobody, should have to lose their life over it.”

The banquet hall is usually rented out for weddings, showers, or other events.

Police say it was hosting a private party following a concert at the Times Union Center Friday night.

It’s unclear if there’s a roster of names detailing who attended but the hall remains closed until further notice.

A police cruiser sits out front holding the scene as authorities continue to investigate who pulled the trigger.

“What I know is that when we respond to these types of incidents, we’re going to interview any potential witnesses, we’re going to review any surveillance video that will help create a clear picture as to what occurred.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at 518-462-8039. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips app to a cell phone.

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