On Wednesday night, two male teenagers were shot at on Hope Avenue nearby SU campus. A 15-year-old male died on his way to hospital, while a 17-year-old victim was injured. Police officers narrowly escaped injuries as the gunmen opened fire when they tried to escape.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said that no law enforcement officer was hit in the gun battle. The shooting did not involve students at the campus, but SU managers urged staffers and college students to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
The police reported that they sought at least two suspects. Police officers who arrived first at the scene said that they arrived at the shooting’s site after they were contacted by an anonymous caller who reported a shooting. Cops were even able to hear gun shots as they were being fired.
One police officer saw a vehicle driving off the scene. Before reaching Moore Avenue, suspects in the moving car opened fire at police officers who tried to stop them. On Moore avenue, suspects jumped out of their car and ran toward a local graveyard.
As police officers were busy looking for suspects in the cemetery they heard another gun shot from Hope Avenue. There, the cops found the two boys lying on ground.
But the 15-year-old unidentified male was already dead on the back porch of a home on Hope Ave. The other victim had only a leg injury. Investigators said that the injury was not severe enough to pose a threat to the boy’s life.
While police officers were looking for suspects, SU issued an ‘Orange Alert.’ Students in and around the campus were asked to remain indoors during the emergency. After the 10:30 p.m., state of emergency was lifted on the campus.
Nevertheless, the police couldn’t find any suspect, and they declined to provide details on gunmen. If you have any information that may help investigators you should call (315) 442-5222.
The incident is uncommon for Syracuse since the city is considered to be one of the safest places in New York. According to a recent FBI report, the city ranks eight on the list with the cities most prone to violent crimes with 8.29 violent crimes for 1,000 residents.
The most violent city is Newburgh, also known as the ‘murder capital of New York,’ with 15.23 crimes per 1,000 residents.
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