Syracuse teen accused of firing gunshots from a stolen vehicle

A Syracuse teen was charged in connection with a shots fired and stolen vehicle incident that happened on Tuesday around 12:52 a.m.

Syracuse Police say an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of South Salina Street when he saw a man fire gun shots out of the driverâ??s side passenger window of a 2012 Dodge Journey traveling northbound.

The officer pursued the vehicle, which stopped a few blocks later at 201 Grape Terrace, at while point police say five male suspects exited the car and ran southbound.

Police say the officer chased the men on foot, specifically following the man he believed had been firing the shots out the car window. The officer saw the suspect hide a loaded 40 caliber handgun in a garbage can. The handgun was recovered by the officer.

The suspect was later identified as 17-year-old Gajuan Richardson.

Police apprehended Richardson on South State Street as he tried to solicit a ride from a passerby.

Police say it was later discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from a residence on Will Court in Syracuse.

The other suspects in the car were not located.

Police say an investigation into the identity of the other occupants of the vehicle is ongoing.

There was nobody injured by the gunshots fired from the car.

Police say Richardson is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Richardson is being held in the Onondaga County Justice center pending his arraignment in Syracuse City Court.

Richardson was due in the Town of Salina Court on Wednesday in an unrelated incident, according to spokesperson. Richardson was charged with assault in November in connection to the stabbing of 19 year-old Samuel Matos in the parking lot of the VFW Post on Lemoyne Avenue in October of 2012. Richardson's court appearance was moved to September 25.

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