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Series of shootings reported within hours of each other

Syracuse Police are investigating four shootings that happened within hours of each other on Monday. Perhaps the most frightening happened just before 8 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue where police say a man was attacked and shot after opening his door to two men.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Syracuse Police are investigating four shootings that happened within hours of each other Monday.

Perhaps the most frightening happened just before 8 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue where police say a man was attacked after opening his door to two men – one armed with a black handgun.

Police say the victim, identified as 42-year-old John Moore, was shot after opening the door and was taken to Upstate University Hospital in serious condition.

Suspect number one is described as a black man, wearing all black clothing.

The second suspect was also described as a black man, about 6’1”, with a thin build. He was wearing dark green jeans and a green and white striped shirt.

The rash of shootings began at 2:30 p.m. when 24-year-old Stacey Cheek was shot in an apparent drive-by at Oakwood and Raynor Avenue, according to police.

Police say Cheek was sitting in a vehicle at that location when someone in a gray van shot out his rear window and broke off his car mirror.

Cheek was taken to the hospital with minor injuries from the glass breaking. He was not hit by gunfire in the incident, police said.

Police are also looking into a shooting that happened at around 7:30 p.m. at W. Kennedy Avenue and Midland Avenue, where they say 20-year-old Mario Leslie, was shot in the ankle while walking down the street.

Leslie was able to get himself to the hospital and is expected to be okay. However, he was not able to provide police with a suspect description.

Police also responded to several calls of shots fired in the area of 541 Gifford Street minutes later at 7:35 p.m., but didn’t find any victims or suspects. They did, however, find numerous shell casings in the street. In this particular case, witnesses described the suspects as four Hispanic men in a small red vehicle.

Each of the shootings remains under investigation.

Police are not sure if the shootings are connected. They’re hoping anyone with information regarding any of the shootings will call them at 442-5222.
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