Three major shootings in three days in Syracuse, start of Gun Violence Awareness Month

Neighbors start a memorial to Syracuse's latest homicide victim, on Sabine Street

Syracuse Police are confident they'll have arrests in three shooting incidents from the past three days.

They say the two homicides and the targeted shooting are not related, and not gang related, and solving the crimes has stretched department resources thin.

On Friday morning, 54-year-old Arthur Bullock was found shot on Fage Avenue on Syracuse's south side. He later died at University Hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, a man was shot as he was walking in the 300 block of Hawley Avenue, near the five-way intersection with Catherine Street, just noth of I-690.

Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Connellan says the victim was targeted by a man wearing a facemask. The 29-year-old man is in critical condition but is expected to survive.

On Sunday afternoon, 21-year-old Andre Rossario-Claudio was gunned down and killed after a fight with the suspect. A relative was also shot in the 100 block of Sabine Street on the West Side, not far from Geddes Street, as neighbors and children were nearby. The suspect, 29-year-old Efrain Santos, was charged with murder.

The violence has frustrated neighbors. On Monday, some of them were leaving flowers, balloons, candles and stuffed animals at the curb where the shooting happened.

Two houses, at 118 and 120 Sabine, were behind crime scene tape on Monday as investigators searched for shell casings and other evidence.

Rich Puchalski, of Syracuse United Neighbors, told us that there have been several complaints filed on activities in those houses and that there was a drug raid with ten arrests on April 26th. He says there have been more complaints filed since then, but that a 'nuisance abatement' hearing for the owner has been delayed and problems continue.

"Gun violence is on an uptick, drugs are the cornerstone, something needs to be done," said Puchalski.

Police could not confirm to us that drugs were directly connected with this shooting, but they were appreciative of the number of people who came forward to give them information on this investigation.

"There's people probably out there that have known that people had these guns before they did these shootings," says Connellan.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner recently issued a proclamation declaring June to be Gun Violence Awareness Month part of a statewide effort. The goal of Gun Violence Awareness Month, she says, is to spur education and dialogue opportunities in schools and communities.

It has been a rocky start got Gun Violence Awareness Month. Police ask for ongoing public help in solving violent crimes, through anonymous tips on their website or by calling them at 442-5222.