DATE/TIME: Friday, October 15th, 2004 / 04:50 PM

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting death of a Montgomery County man that occurred at about 6:10 p.m. this past Monday on the 400 block of Mumford Street.

The residents of 413 Mumford called Police Communications to report that a man had forced entry into their house and collapsed on the floor. Officers responded and observed that the man had been shot in the back. He was treated at the scene by Schenectady Fire Department paramedics and transported to Ellis Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.

Through their investigation, detectives have learned that the victim – Thomas Oeser, 25 – and a male friend came to Schenectady that night to buy crack cocaine, as they had done in the past. They solicited 2 street-level drug dealers on Hamilton Hill and drove them to Mumford Street to make the deal. While all of the men were sitting in the car, one of the dealers displayed a gun and attempted to rob Oeser and his friend of their money. Oeser’s friend ran from the car, but Oeser started to fight with the men and was subsequently shot. The dealers ran from the scene in an unknown direction. Shortly thereafter, Oeser’s friend returned to his car and drove back to his Montgomery County home. He contacted detectives the next day.

The 2 dealers are described as black males, slender, 5’10”-6’ tall. Both were wearing black quilted jackets at the time of the incident.

No other information is available at this time.