A Troy neighborhood is disturbed as shots are fired into a home Tuesday night, but the men behind bars are not the ones believed to have fired the gun. YNN's Innae Park reports.
TROY, N.Y. –- Yakema Tarver lives at 2416 Lavin Court. Shots were fired at her home on Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m.
“For someone to be that senseless to come and shoot up someone's house, where they live. That is just, it blows my mind,” she said.
Troy Police Captain John Cooney said, “The residents of the address were calling in that bullets had penetrated the building into rooms that they were actually in.”
Police say the shooter then took off. Soon after, a car that was thought to be involved with the shooting was found about a mile away. However, the alleged shooters were not the ones inside.
Cooney said, “The residents of that building were actually in the car that fled the scene, the car that we were looking for.”
Mychael Thomas, Deandre Malloy, Kenneth Koonce and Ty-son L. Williams have been arrested and charged, but not with the shooting. Police said a fully loaded handgun and marijuana were found in the car.
“This is what we so often see, we see this cycle of uncooperative victims that don't turn to the criminal justice system to resolve the issues,” said Cooney. “Our original potential victims in this case have become defendants, looking at felony charges.”
Neighbors didn't want to appear on camera, but they say they're concerned that what was once considered a safe neighborhood could be becoming more dangerous.
When asked if those nearby should be worried, Tarver responded, “I think, yes, I would say yes. I am worried as well.”
Tarver's nephew is now one of the defendants.
Tarver said, “They don't gang bang, Mychael has no criminal record, he's never been in trouble ever before.”
However, without answers, the anxiety remains.
“I'm sure the neighborhood don't like me right now,” admitted Tarver. “But maybe, you know, we can resolve it. Maybe we can resolve it and work through it and hope that none of this ever happens again.”
Tarver will not be able to work it out with her neighbors.
After a code inspection Wednesday, she and her family were served with a 5-day eviction notice due to over occupancy, HVAC issues, and improper layout of the apartment.
Police are still searching for those responsible for the initial shooting Tuesday evening.