Syracuse teen charged with murder after attack at party

A Syracuse teen has been arrested and charged with murder after killing a 17-year-old man on Sunday, according to State Police.

16-year-old Gilberto Rodriguez was charged with second degree murder after police say he stabbed Charles Pitts early Sunday morning at a party on South Clinton Street.

Police responded to 550 South Clinton Street around 1:00 am Sunday, where a large crowd had grown outside the building. While trying to disperse the crowd, Pitts approached police to tell him he'd been stabbed, according to Chief Frank Fowler.

"We know that there were other witnesses out there," said Fowler.

"This is a profound tragedy for our entire community and for two families in particular," said Mayor Stephanie Miner. "Once again, we find ourselves looking at a homicide that has no sense and lacks all sorts of rationality."

Pitts was pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital.

Rodriguez is being held at the Justice Center and will be arraigned Monday.