Hudson Valley Sports Report

POUGHKEEPSIE HOOPS STAR LUNSFORD SHOT

Standout Wounded In Overnight Incident In The City

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Poughkeepsie High School basketball star Marvin Lunsford was shot early this morning in the city of Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley Sports Report has learned.

Police would not identify the wounded man other than to say he was an 18-year old city of Poughkeepsie student, but HVSR confirmed separately that the victim was indeed the Pioneer star. Several teammates have already been to MidHudson Regional Hospital, the former St. Francis Hospital in the city of Poughkeepsie, to visit their friend.

He was shot once in the neck and was the only person wounded “that we know of,” Detective Lt. Matt Clark said.

Lunsford had surgery on Wednesday and was resting. He is expected to survive the ordeal.

Lunsford, a returning senior in the fall, is the second Poughkeepsie player to be shotin the last 16 months. Caval Haylett Jr. was shot and killed in March, 2016, in another incident on city streets.

Lunsford was a standout for the Pioneers this past season, scoring 21 points in the Section 9, Class A championship game win over Goshen and leading the team to the state quarterfinals before losing to Lourdes.

He was named honorable mention All-State by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Clark said police know there were a group of people on Talmadge St. at the time and is asking the public for any tips, information or video by calling 845-451-7577.

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