Recently released surveillance video from inside an Albany Apple Store shows the chaos that erupted as a gunman opened fire inside a crowded mall.
Tasheem Maeweather, 20, was found guilty in May of reckless endangerment, a class D felony, for the November 2016 shooting at the Crossgates Mall. The court on Friday sentenced him to serve up to seven-years in prison, yet, he is currently serving nine years for an unrelated drug conviction.
Maeweather, who was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting, originally faced three additional charges – attempted murder, attempted assault, and weapons possession – but was acquitted on those charges.
Blood was found at the scene, but there were no reported injuries. Likewise, a weapon was never recovered.
Maeweather was identified as the suspect in the shooting through both eyewitness accounts and the mall’s surveillance video. But Lee Kindlon, Maeweather’s attorney, believes his client’s conviction will be overturned.
“Justice is a process,” Kindlon said. “At trial, the people weren’t able to show my client possessed or fired a gun that day. … In time, through the appellate courts, I have confidence that the law is on our side.”
Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares noted in a press release announcing Maeweather’s sentence that thousands of patrons and employees were inside the mall at the time of the shooting, which occurred near “Santa Land” where numerous families were in line for holiday photos.
“Citizens of Albany County should always expect to be safe when visiting public spaces,” Soares added. “This defendant violated our sense of safety and has left a traumatic and indelible memory for those who were present that day.”
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