8 people shot in separate Syracuse shootings; 1 dead

Syracuse Police are investigating a violent overnight with two separate shootings that left one person dead and seven others injured.
SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Police are investigating a violent overnight with two separate shootings that left one person dead and seven others injured.

Around 1:45 Sunday morning, police say a fight between several females started near the front door of the B&B Lounge on South Avenue. Police say that led to several other fights, when the suspect who is described as a black male, fired multiple rounds from a handgun.

Three people were hit. 23-year old Rodney Maddux of Syracuse was taken to Upstate Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

24-year old Jonathan Powell of Syracuse is currently in stable condition. 30-year old Dashawn Patterson is also in stable condition and has multiple gunshot wounds.

About fifteen minutes later around 2:00 a.m., five people were shot at a home at 2125 Midland Avenue. Witnesses tell police there was a party at the home when a fight started and the suspect fired at least one, possibly more shots from a shotgun.

Five people were hit with birdshot which are small lead or steel bb's.

The victims range in age from 19 to 22 years old. Police say none of their injuries are serious.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and was last seen leaving the area in a black SUV.

Syracuse Police believe there were plenty of witnesses to both shootings, but not many people have come forward with information.

"This is always a problem for us when we have shootings at a bar or large gatherings. People figure someone else will do it. Well, we're asking you don't be that person to wait. We're asking people to come forward and give us that information," said Sgt. Tom Connellan.

Both shootings also took place in locations that were approved for crime cameras two months ago. 19 cameras were approved for the north and south side of the city but have yet to be installed.

Sunday night, the owners of the B&B Cocktail Lounge on South Avenue said those cameras are crucial to keeping the neighborhood, and their business reputation, safe. A number of incidents have happened near the lounge in recent years. 

"People right now think this is the worst place in Syracuse. They think it's dangerous to walk in this bar. And this is a very safe bar. Outside, on the street, I can't guarantee anything, but inside, it's safe," said co-owner Billy Denham.

Syracuse police first told NewsChannel 9 that they hoped to have the cameras installed in September. We are now working on getting an updated timeline and will keep you posted as soon as we get more informaiton.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Syracuse Police at 442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential.
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