SYRACUSE, N.Y (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Police detectives are looking into a shots fired incident that caused three stray bullets to whistle through the windows of the Salvation Army offices on South Salina Street in Syracuse.
Police tell NewsChannel 9 the shooting incident happened at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday. They say several shell casings were found about a block away at the corner of Temple and South Clinton Streets.
Salvation Army Public Relations Manager Gina Lazara says, “We are extremely thankful that no one was hurt, but we are also very aware that this could have been a much different story than we’re talking about today if just a few of those facts turned out a little bit differently. We’re talking seconds, minutes and even within feet.”
Lazara says a bullet came whizzing through a window of an upstairs conference room where people had just left. It’s just feet above a daycare that was full of kids. She says two bullets also whistled through the windows of a downstairs office the Salvation Army rents out to Arc of Onondaga.
“As far as where we work and knowing what the crime is like in this part of the City, people are aware, we know where we work, but it still doesn’t make it any easier knowing what happened yesterday and knowing that it can happen at any minute of the day. It didn’t happen at three in the morning, it happened at three in the afternoon,” Lazara tells NewsChannel 9.
Syracuse Police Department Officer Joe Commisso says, “People are out and about, people are at work, there’s kids in the area, it is certainly alarming.”
Commisso and Lazara say a full internal review has been done by the Salvation Army and the non-profit has reached out to the Syracuse Police for additional suggestions about making their facility even safer.
“Did we do anything wrong, no, but what can we do better to make sure our staff, our clients, everyone is safe going forward god forbid something like this happens again,” Lazara says.
She says that includes bulletproof glass and cameras that could help police.
Commisso says there have been no arrests but they are sure someone must have seen something or knows something about this shooting.
Syracuse Police are asking anyone with information to call 315-442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential. You can also use the Syracuse Police TIPS app that can be found in the App Store or Google Play.