Homicide team formed fast

Terrell J. Starr

HUDSON — A squad of Hudson detectives and members of state police major crime units was mobilized immediately following the fatal shooting of a Stottville man Saturday in the city, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore told the Common Council on Tuesday.

The investigation is continuing, Moore said during the Zoom meeting.

The shooting left Terrell J. Starr, 18, dead, and a 30-year-old Albany man in critical condition at Albany Medical Center.

The man, who has not been identified, is in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center, according to Hudson police.

“We’re not releasing that name at this time, due to respect for the investigation,” Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said Wednesday.

Police have received information that a May 2 drive-by shooting on North 2nd Street may be related to the one Saturday night, Moore said, but he did not go into detail.

Starr was charged in a March 28 shooting in Cherry Alley in the city, where he allegedly shot at an unidentified person, Moore told the council.

More than 35 state troopers have been assigned to the case and they have put in hundreds of hours on the investigation, Moore said.

Police are following up on 112 leads that have been developed and have conducted more than 50 field interviews and 12 more at the police station, Moore said.

“We have collected a large quantity of evidence and have executed search warrants, some outside our jurisdiction, with help from other law enforcement agencies,” Moore told the council.

No motive for Saturday’s shooting has been clearly established, Moore said.

“We are bearing down on several persons of interest in this case,” Moore said. “I do predict that the weight of evidence will eventually lead to arrests, much like in 2017, where we successfully identified the people behind the violence that led to seven residents at the core being arrested, incarcerated, sentenced after trial.”

Saturday’s fatal shooting could lead to more gun violence, Moore warned the council.

“I will say that there is no guarantee that back-and-forth violence will not continue,” Moore said. “Sometimes these things are acts of retribution.”

The Hudson police tip line received three calls in the case, according to Moore.

“There’s usually a lull after these events, a lot of activity upfront, but we’re working around the clock,” Moore told the council. “We’re going to keep the pedal to the metal until we see this thing through.”

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