ALBANY, N.Y. — Police are investigating a homicide in Albany involving a member of an anti-violence group who police say may have been attempting to break up a fight.
Police say it appears there was a large altercation just after 3 a.m. Saturday, and that the victims may have been attempting to break up an altercation when they were shot.
One of the victims sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the second victim, 32-year-old Elijah Cancer, was shot three times in the torso and transported to Albany Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Cancer was a member of Albany 518 SNUG, which describes itself on its website as "an anti-violence program aimed at reducing gun violence by using outreach workers to interrupt potentially violent situations."
Those that worked with him say he was an example of what their community strives to be.
“This individual was holding down two jobs and still finding time finding time to build with this team, finding time to put a cure to the sickness that’s plaguing this community," said Jerome Brown, of Albany 518 SNUG. "I don’t even know if there is an individual that could fill that void."
Police are urging anyone with information to submit a tip by calling them, or through the Crime Stoppers website or app.