SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Officers were called to the 1900 block of South Salina Street by East Borden Avenue around 10:00pm Monday after a shooting.
According to Onondaga County 911 dispatchers, a child and an adult were hurt. The child, 7-years-old, had a gunshot wound to the back and is in critical, but stable condition. A 42-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and shoulder but is expected to survive.
A 33-year-old woman was also treated for a minor graze, either from a bullet or glass, and is expected to survive.
The victims were not at the scene when officers arrived. They were taken to the hospital by their own means.
Sergeant Matthew Malinowski, the Syracuse Police Public Information Officer, said at least 16 shell casings were found at the scene. He also said it’s going to take more than just police to stop the violence.
“I see that it’s potentially part of a disturbing trend. It just seems the victims are getting younger, the suspects are getting younger and I think that’s something we really need to examine as a system, we have to address this issue,” Malinowski added, “It can’t just be the police alone.”
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh released a statement about the shooting:
“My thoughts this morning are with the family who was fired upon in their car on South Salina Street last night. I’m especially concerned and pulling for the seven-year-old boy who was seriously injured in the shooting. Seeing the vehicle at the hospital last night and knowing someone took aim at a car with children inside of it was infuriating to me. It’s a senseless and cowardly act. We will do everything in our power to find those responsible. I call upon the community to come forward with any information about the perpetrators so we can bring them to justice.
We began this month of June marking Gun Violence Awareness Month in our City and nation. Last night’s shooting is another reminder of the work that still needs to be done and how important it is for us to stand together against gun violence. I thank all of the first responders and those confronting gun violence who were involved last night, providing lifesaving care and protecting the neighborhood.”Ben Walsh, Syracuse Mayor
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information can call in anonymous tips to Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222.