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Two gun incidents within minutes of each other in Troy

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Two gun incidents within minutes of each other. That's what Troy Police faced in the early morning hours of Sunday. Maria Valvanis has more on who some say the violence is to blame.

TROY, N.Y. -- Police say they received a call at 3 a.m. Sunday morning from a woman inside the Broadway Brew Biergarten, claiming a man was threatening to shoot people.

Captain John Cooney said, "The suspect left the building and when police approached him he immediately fled on foot. He then pulled a gun from his waist side, probably to be able to run faster."

That suspect, 21-year-old, Jallah McCall, then threw the handgun onto a garage he was running by. McCall was taken into custody, and at the same time, police heard gun shots coming from less than 100 yards away.

"On Second Street we did find casings and a small amount of blood," said Cooney.

Police were unable to locate a second gunman, or a victim. They did however find a handgun, hidden in the wheel-well of a nearby car. Bootleggers on Broadway owner Julie Keller, tells us she's not surprised by the early morning incidents.

"I feel the clientele being drawn to the theme nights held at the Biergarten are starting to be an issue for the city of Troy," said Keller.

But the Biergarten owner, who didn't want to go on camera, says he hasn't had any problems with his theme night parties. Still, others are worried if they don't stop, neither will the violence.

Cooney said, "They clear out the tables to make a dance floor and bring in a dj and it gets flashy and that does at times bring violence."

"Every couple weeks things occur, but it shouldn't happen at all. If you have a clientele that's causing problems maybe you should be changing the things you're doing in your establishment to prevent them from coming," said Keller.

Captain Cooney says although they weren't able to catch the second gunman, two guns are now off the streets, and one potentially dangerous man is in custody, making Sunday morning an overall success for his department. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP