Phoenix home invasion may be linked to 'shots fired' in Clay

Cherry Street, Phoenix / photo: Jessica Cain

Police in two counties say the same men may be behind two incidents today.

Schools in Phoenix were locked down and police responded to a residence after receiving reports of a home invasion Thursday afternoon.

According to Oswego County 911, several police agencies were on the scene of a 'shots fired' call at a home in the Village of Phoenix. Authorities tell CNY Central that there are two men being sought in connection with the incident, which took place at a home on Cherry Street in the village at around 12:15 p.m.

Phoenix Police Chief Rod Carr tells CNY Central that two men in black ski masks entered an apartment on Cherry Street. The man who lived in the apartment made it out, but police weren't sure if the suspects were inside or not. A SWAT team was called in, but they discovered no one was inside.

Carr says the suspects are still on the loose, and are driving a white car with a different colored hood.

Schools in Phoenix were on lockdown as a precaution, but Carr says students will be released shortly. Neighbors were also told not to leave their homes during the incident.

Carr says this home invasion 'may or may not be related' to a similar home invasion earlier Thursday at the Casual Estates mobile home park in the Town of Clay.

That incident began at about 10:30 this morning. Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies say two men in black ski masks were seen standing outside a mobile home when they were confronted by a homeowner.

Witnesses say the suspects showed off what looked like handguns. The three got into a scuffle, and one of the suspects sprayed the homeowner in the face with pepper spray.

Witnesses told deputies the masked men ran into the woods, and then two gunshots were fired. Deputies say nothing was taken from the mobile home. The victim who was pepper sprayed got medical treatment at the scene.

Deputies say both suspects are black males. One is about 5'5" tall and weighing between 140 to 150 pounds. The second suspect is between 5'8" and 5'10" and about 165 pounds. Both suspects were wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts and dark colored ski masks. They are believed to be driving a white Ford Taurus with a maroon bumper and blue hood.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the Oswego County Sheriff's Department at 315-349-3302, or the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department at 435-3081.