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Arrest made in State Theatre shooting

ALBANY -- The Albany Gang Task Force and the Albany Police Department have charged Nicholas Johnson, 19, with discharging a firearm within the city limits in connection with a brawl involving gunshots at a back-to-school bash Saturday night at the State Theatre.

Police say a fight broke out inside the theater during the party late Saturday night, but the individuals involved in the brawl were escorted out by security hired by the venue.

Reports indicate the fight spilled out onto Pine Avenue, and shortly after the group was escorted from the building, someone went behind the State and started firing shots.

Johnson was arrested by officers with the Albany Police Department on the 400 block of North Jefferson Street Saturday evening. Police said they were able to recover a weapon.

Johnson has been charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits, reckless conduct, obstruction of an officer, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon with a license.

Police reports indicate that Darvin Stephens was also arrested Saturday for loitering, starting a fight and refusing to leave the scene.

No injuries from the shooting have been reported.

Lane Rosen, owner of the State Theater, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

In May, another brawl broke out at the State Theatre at an end-of-school party. No shots were fired then.