The Hudson City Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into a shooting that left 3 people wounded, including two small children.
On Sunday 08/13/17 at 8:47pm HPD received several reports of shots fired in the vicinity of 543 State Street. Witnesses stated that a gunman came through the alley behind the house, reached around the corner of the building, and fired numerous shots at a group of a dozen or so adults and children that were assembled on the porch. A 2 ½ yr old girl was struck by a round that passed through her knee. Her mother was shot through the calf, possibly as she laid on top of her child to shield her from the gunman. Both mother and daughter were treated at Columbia Memorial Hospital and released. As police obtained a warrant and searched the residence, they learned that a 3 yr old boy had also sustained a bullet wound to his knee. A projectile was removed from his knee at Albany Medical Center earlier this morning.
This most recent shooting comes in the wake of a shooting that occurred the day before, Saturday 08/12/17, that left a 28 yr old Stockport woman with a severe shoulder injury.
HPD was immediately reinforced by members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Greenport Police, and Philmont Police. All agencies are working cooperatively to interview suspects, process the crime scene and gather evidence. NYSP Investigators have been assigned to a command post at the Hudson Police Station.
Retaliation for the Saturday shooting had been anticipated and HPD had placed a patrolman and a detective on the 500 block of State Street Sunday. When the shots began, a patrolman was standing right in front of 543 State Street.
“The shooting on 05/01/17 that left a Hudson man with a hip wound, the gunplay at the Half Moon Bar on 05/30/17
and the events of the last two nights were certainly linked. HPD Detectives have identified suspects and are currently interviewing everybody individually. This is a longtime dispute between two groups of known criminals that has ramped up since the May 1 shooting. While innocent, uninvolved, citizens have not been targeted in this conflict, the chance for more violence is inevitable. I fear the shooting of little toddlers will stoke this conflict. If you have any involvement with the events of the last few months, or know someone who has, I encourage your full cooperation. It may be the best chance for your personal protection and ultimate de-escalation of this senseless violence.”
Below, bullet that was taken out of boy's knee