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Sixth arrest made in deadly December shooting

Michael A. Smyre, Quinton Gathings, Tyrone Byrd, Francis Mercado and Cameron C. Webster (Syracuse Police)

Syracuse Police have announced the arrest of a sixth suspect in a December homicide investigation.

Police say 25-year-old Michael A. Smyre was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree Murder and first-degree Burglary. He's currently being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center, police said.

Smyre is charged in connection to the death of a man in the early morning hours of December 12, 2017. Early that morning police found a 33-year-old man who had been shot in his hip area on the 300 block of Merriman Avenue. Police said the man was taken to Upstate University Hospital and succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The victim of the shooting was later identified as James Smith Jr. of Syracuse.

Earlier this month police announced the arrest of several other suspects: 19-year-old Quinton Gathings, 17-year-old Tyrone Byrd and 16-year-old Francis Mercado were each arrested and charged with second-degree Murder and first-degree Burglary on January 2, 2018. They're currently being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center, according to police.

A fourth suspect, a 15-year-old male, was arrested a day later and charged with the same counts, police said. He's being held at the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Facility, police said. He was not identified due to his age.

The fifth suspect, 19-year-old Cameron C. Webster was arrested January 25th and is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree Burglary.

Police say their investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with more information to contact them at 315-442-5222.

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