Niskayuna police investigate murder-suicide

Niskayuna police are investigating a Friday, April 17, murder-suicide in which 20-year-old Niskayuna man Even Schwarz allegedly shot Anthony Marko, 21, of Schenectady, before killing himself.

The incident is still under investigation, according to Niskayuna Police Department Chief of Police Lewis Moskowitz.

According to Sgt. Eric Clifford of the City of Schenectady Police Department, Schwarz was the boyfriend of Marko's wife.

It sounds crazy because it was such an amazing scenario [of events] of what happened, said Clifford. "The shooter was the boyfriend, the victim was the husband, and they shared a female, obviously."

The shooting took place at the home of Marko at 845 Union St. According to Schenectady police, Schwarz pulled up outside of Marko's home and asked him to come outside to talk. It was then, police said, that Schwarz shot and killed Marko.

"Based on the time of the call [from the girlfriend], which was right around 8 p.m., to the time that he actually shot himself, which was 8:30 " in that half-hour time frame there really wasn't that much that happened other than that he shot the one person, went back to his house and killed himself," said Clifford.

Prior to the shooting on Union Street, which occurred around 8 p.m., the girlfriend called the Niskayuna police to report that she was concerned about him and his behavior.

"She had actually called the police to warn them that he was going to do something and had just purchased a shotgun," said Robert Carney, Schenectady County District Attorney. "[The Niskayuna police department] was handling that call when they heard about the shooting in Schenectady."

Carney said that a dispatcher in Niskayuna heard the call from Schenectady police and realized that some of the details from the call matched the call from the girlfriend "warning them about her boyfriend's intentions."

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