POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie police and firefighters responded to a “shots fired” call, a stabbing, and a fire alarm in a large apartment building that all occurred within minutes of each other late Thursday evening.
Police were dispatched to the municipal parking lot at the corner of Church, Academy, and Canon Streets shortly after 10 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of gunshots in the area. A witness told Mid-Hudson News that she heard at least five gunshots coming from the vicinity of the parking lot. Several police units were searching the parking lot for evidence. Police radio communications indicate that at least two vehicles in the parking lot had sustained damage from bullets.
As police were investigating the parking lot shooting, some officers were sent to the vicinity of 6 May Street for a report of a man with a stab wound. City police responded to the location along with a crew from the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department. The first responders encountered a man who had sustained at least one stab wound to his torso. The firefighters triaged the wound until an ambulance crew arrived to assess the wound. The victim was then taken by a Mobile Life ambulance crew to a local hospital for further treatment. A witness at the scene told Mid-Hudson News that the victim had sustained the injury during an encounter in the vicinity of Pershing Avenue Park, a few blocks away.
In between the shooting and stabbing incidents, the fire alarms were activated at the Luckey Platt apartment building across the street from the shooting investigation. At least one tenant in the building reported that their apartment building had a smoke haze in it prior to the fire department’s arrival.