Shooting in Poughkeepsie, fires persist over Memorial Day weekend
Poughkeepsie Town Police are investigating a possible arson over a violent holiday weekend.
Officers arrived at the four-story building at 60 Carroll Street around 4:15 a.m. Monday to report a fight. Moments later, residents evacuated the building. The original caller told police someone attempted to set their second floor apartment on fire.
Poughkeepsie City Fire Chief Mark Johnson said firefighters arrived at the scene and immediately identified the smell of gasoline.
“When they got to the second floor there was a small fire outside one of the apartments that had been put out by the sprinkler system,” Johnson said.
All residents were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. Johnson said the incident alone was suspicious. However, this is also the third time that the ministry has intervened in this building and discovered attempted fires in the hallways since April 12.
“We’re going to bring in other potential people who can help us figure out what’s going on to keep these people safe before something really bad happens,” Johnson said. “If anyone knows anything or sees suspicious people in the building, call 911 immediately.”
Johnson said firefighters also assisted the police department with several trauma calls over the weekend.
“There were also an unusual number of motor vehicle accidents this weekend,” Johnson said.
Monday’s suspicious fire is believed to be the sixth of eight violent incidents police responded to over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Poughkeepsie Town Police Charitable Association.
Mayor Rob Rolison said Tuesday afternoon that the city police department, along with partners such as the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives, worked together to combat violence.
“This level of gun violence is intolerable,” Rolison said. “And the fact that he doesn’t know any particular time or place of the day. We saw shots fired or someone was shot in the middle of the night, in the afternoon or in the early morning. .. These people have no concern for human life with the damage they cause. ”
Series of violence
At around 1 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot dead while hanging out behind a house on Washington Street. It was the second homicide in the city this year, according to Detective Lt. Matt Clark. More than 10 shots were fired at the man and his friends on a back porch on Marshall Street.
The man, whose name has not been released, was a former resident of the city who recently lived in North Carolina, police said. He was taken to MidHudson Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Clark said no one else would have been affected by the gunfire.
At around noon, city police said they responded to shots fired in the Fox Terrace neighborhood. No casualties or material damage were located. Witnesses told police that a vehicle fled the area before the police arrived.
At 3:30 p.m., police were informed that a victim had been stabbed without an appointment at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. The victim told police he was stabbed in a fight on Main Street but did not want to provide further information.
Shots were fired in the Knolls Boulevard area around 11:45 a.m., the PBA said. No casualties were found but bullet holes were found in a nearby residence, including a damaged window.
A man was found with gunshot wounds to his chest and leg in the Smith Street and Dubois Avenue area at approximately 2:40 p.m. He was taken to MidHudson Regional Hospital with uninjured injuries. deadly. Shell casings and other unidentified evidence were found.
At 4 p.m., police responded to Vassar Brothers Medical Center to the report of another drop-in victim. He said he was involved in a brawl in the Mill Street and North Bridge Street neighborhood when someone pulled out a knife and cut his face. He is expected to recover.
Four hours later, police responded in King Street Park to the gunfire report. No casualties were located at the scene. An unidentified person was in their car when she was hit by gunfire. The PBA did not say whether the person in the vehicle was targeted.
All incidents are still under investigation. Police are asking witnesses to call the information line at 845-451-7577.
Ryan Santistevan is the breaking reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal, Journal News and Times Herald-Record. Contact her at [email protected]; 845-437-4809 or follow her on Twitter, @NewsByRyan_.