Police investigating whether 5 weekend shootings within 48 hours on the west side are related
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:23:03 GMT —
Syracuse police are trying to put the pieces together after five shootings in 48 hours and there are reasons to believe they could be related.
The first reason is location. All of the shootings happened on the West Side within a mile of each other. The first one happened on Friday evening on Kellogg Street, the second happened early Sunday morning on South Wilbur Avenue, and the most recent one happened Sunday evening on Holden Street.
Speaking to neighbors on Holden Street, many have kids who they are keeping inside. They are also hesistant to talk, fear they may be targeted too.http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1078712#.U9-Y101OWM9
The other reason police say these shootings may be related is the victims. All of them are hispanic men in their 20s and 30s.
As a city councilor and co-chair of Mothers Against Gun Violence, Helen Hudson is disturbed by these deaths, but also aware this is a city-wide problem.
"We had violent incidents all over the city. We had a man stab his mother on Oak street. So it happened all weekend all over the city. So we as a community need to figure out how to drive these incidents down," says Hudson.
Syracuse police still have no suspects and few witnesses, which is something that worries Pamela Hunter as chair of the city's public safety committee.
"This is something that we really need to use as a takeaway that if people see something they need to say something because it will really help our police apprehend these people who are running around our streets causing harm," says Hunter.
Right now, police are looking at footage from nearby crime cameras and asking anyone with information to contact them immediately.