The Cohoes Police Department has identified the victim of Friday night’s shooting as 17-year-old Johni Dunia of Cohoes, and they are still looking for the person or persons responsible for his death.
It’s been more than 48 hours since police first found Dunia's body, and they are still not releasing much information surrounding his murder.
Police were notified of the shooting on Friday. An individual working at a nearby convenience store told Spectrum News teens burst into the shop, saying their friend had been shot.
Police previously stated someone encountered Dunia around 10 p.m. on Friday, and called 911 from a nearby store. Firefighters and EMS responded, but police say the victim was pronounced dead.
Cohoes Police Chief Bill Heslin added police would not be naming a suspect at this point, but that one person is cooperating with investigators.
The Cohoes school district tells Spectrum News it has grief counselors on hand for any student that needs to speak with someone. The district says Dunia was a former student before switching to Albany High School, where he was a junior. We’re told AHS also has counselors on hand.
Police say the bike path trail has brought some concerns in the area. They say it’s not well lit, and people should be aware of their surroundings if walking there at night. However, there has only been one other murder on that trail, which occurred in 1984.
Police do not believe the public is at risk, and they say they are confident they will be able to get to the bottom of this case.