8yo girl among 5 injured in shooting at family wake in Syracuse, New York
Several calls were made to 911 dispatcher at around 9:00pm local time, notifying the emergency services of shots fired in the 1300 block of Midland Avenue, not far from Kirk Park.
When emergency services arrived at the scene they discovered five people with gunshot wounds, including an eight-year-old girl, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowle told reporters, calling the incident a "very tragic event."
First pictures from the scene. 911 says 6 people shot. First calls included concern about a child being shot. pic.twitter.com/OtNtcL3WXV— Matt Mulcahy (@MattMulcahy) September 21, 2018
All of the victims were immediately rushed to a hospital in stable condition. The names of the wounded have not yet been released but police say their age ranges from between 8 and 35 years old.
The shooting reportedly took place at a family memorial gathering to mark the death of a person who had passed away of cancer. Police believe that the victims were hit from across the street.
Authorities are seeking the public's help to identify the perpetrator's of Thursday attack. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh called the incident a "senseless" act of violence. Police investigation remains ongoing.
BREAKING NEWS: Press Release from Syracuse Police Department pic.twitter.com/pLWHtWdNtE— Sean Carroll (@SeanCarrollNews) September 21, 2018
In addition to the mass shooting at the memorial gathering, Syracuse Police are also investigating another shooting in the area, at the 300 block of Furman Street, around 9:50pm, CNY Central reports. While it is still unclear if the two incidents are related, a 14-year-old female teen was rushed to hospital from the second scene with a reported gunshot wound to her lower back, police said. Her injuries are non life-threatening.
The scene is not nearly as chaotic as when we arrived nearly 20 minutes ago. Police are apparently searching other homes on the 1300 block of Midland. Mayor Ben Walsh is also on scene. pic.twitter.com/PQIGbfLCaD— Katelynn Ulrich (@katelynnulrich) September 21, 2018
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