UPDATE (April 19, 2022 4:49 p.m.) — The Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney, Joseph T. Coolican, has confirmed with NewsChannel 9 that Brandon Rolfe, 23, of Syracuse, has been arrested in connection to the shooting of five people just after midnight in the 300 block of South Clinton Street. 24-year-old Akok Lual of Syracuse was the only person killed in the shooting.

Rolfe will be arraigned Wednesday morning. He has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and four counts of second-degree attempted murder.

SPD has also identified the other four victims in the shooting. Lual Lual, 22, is the brother of Akok. Garang Amyek, 25, Acuil Ater, 24, and Shyquan Derby, 23.

Police say they are all recovering from their injuries.

Update (April 16 at 2:15 p.m.) — Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh hosted a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to address the shooting. The two were joined by Sgt. Thomas Blake of the Syracuse Police and Lateef Johnson-Kinsey, the newly appointed director of the Mayor’s Office to Reduce Gun Violence.

During the conference, Chief Buckner identified the 24-year-old man who died as Akok Lual. Buckner added that officers provided CPR to Lual and rendered air to the other victims. Buckner says that it’s under investigation if the other victims were part of the disturbance or just bystanders, as well as if they were students at local institutions.

Buckner says there are no suspects at this time. Police are canvassing the area for evidence and witnesses.

Mayor Walsh expressed condolences for the family and showed frustration at the “brazen” incident. He added that officers could not have been closer, as they were only 30 to 40-feet away from the incident. “You try to make sense of it and you can’t,” said Walsh.

“I guarantee you that the individual who pulled the trigger last night will be caught,” Walsh added, crediting the abilities of the Syracuse Police Department.

Mayor Walsh also says that this incident touched a nerve in our community. “I’ve heard from a lot of people who are concerned… Everybody goes downtown. Everybody can relate to that. Everybody has stood where this incident has occurred.”

If you were in Armory Square when the shooting along the 300 block of South Clinton Street happened, and you want to share your story, or any photos or videos you may have taken, please message NewsChannel 9 on social media or email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Five people were shot, one person is dead after a shooting in the Armory Square neighborhood of Syracuse early Saturday morning.

Syracuse Police tell NewsChannel 9, it was just after midnight when officers in the area heard several gunshots and responded to the 300 block of South Clinton Street.

When officers arrived, they found the five people had been struck by gunfire.

Syracuse Police confirm the 24-year-old man was later pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. The four other shooting victims were also transported to Upstate and treated there. Syracuse Police also say that the other victims ranged from 21 to 25-years-old.

One person remains in critical condition. The three others have non life-threatening injuries, according to SPD.

Syracuse Police added that several evidence markers and loose clothing items were found across the sidewalk outside Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge.

The investigation continues.  Anyone with any information on the shooting should call the Syracuse Police Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222. Tips can remain anonymous.