Chief Ed Moore was present at the Common Council tonight and spoke about the events that took place in the 500 block of State Street this past weekend. He described them as "targeted acts between people who know each other quite well, and people we [the HPD] know quite well." He noted that some of the people involved are related. He explained that the feud between the two groups had heightened "for unknown reasons" since May. On May 1, someone was shot on North Fifth Street. The exchange of gunfire on South Front Street on May 30 is believed to have been a retaliatory act for that shooting. The incidents this past Saturday and Sunday also stem from that feud.
After the incident on Saturday night, when a woman was seriously injured by one of several shots fired at the van she was driving on Rope Alley, HPD officers were on the street, but that did not prevent what happened on Sunday night, when a woman and two children were injured by gunfire. "The gunman just reached around the corner and emptied his gun," Moore explained. The fact that there were police officers on the street, Moore said, "tells me the people involved don't care."
Moore told those present at City Hall tonight that the state police forensic unit is examining the crime scene and the state police have reached out to federal agencies. The HPD has assigned extra patrols in the 500 block of State Street.
Gossips Addendum: In a comment on the post "Mayor Hamilton Comments," a commenter known as "unheimlich" warned that the Hudson Police Department "is now asking anyone who reports crimes for information the police have no business asking, such as people's birthdays." Tonight, Chief Moore told Gossips that he had been unaware of this practice, that after investigation he had learned that birth dates were being requested as a means of distinguishing the caller from others who might have the same name, and that the practice, from the time he became aware of it, has been discontinued.
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