Man arrested for shooting death of 12-year-old boy released from custody

12-year-old dies after a shooting on John Street.

The man arrested for the death 12-year-old James Springer, III was released from custody, according to Syracuse Police.

Alberto Pinet was released after Syracuse Police found surveillance video of him shopping at a convenience store seven blocks away from the crime scene at the time of the shooting, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick says police had enough reason, including multiple witness statements, to arrest Pinet.

On Oct. 10, Syracuse Police responded to Park and E. Division Streets for a reported shooting. As officers were en route, they were notified that the victim, later identified as Springer, was being transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in a personal vehicle. Chief Fowler says Springer was taken into surgery but died at the hospital.

A 33-year-old woman later identified as Springer's stepmother was also grazed by a bullet.

Pinet was taken into custody on Oct. 12 and charged with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Fitzpatrick says investigators learned about the video from someone else and not Pinet.

"Question rises why didn't he just simply say that? That's up to him I don't know I can't answer that," he added.

However, Pinet's lawyer, Nicholas DeMartino, says he knew all along after discussing it with his client.

"I had been aware of the video, in fact, I was in the process of trying to locate it, and Syracuse police department found it before I did," DeMartino said.

Fitzpatrick said investigators are still working to confirm if the video is legitimate. He says although Pinet may not be the shooter, he believes Pinet has information about what happened the night James was killed.

Is it a setback, well sure its a setback but it's not gonna deter from catching the right guy," he added.

"We need to find out who the person was who committed the act cause my client clearly didn't do it," DeMartino said.

Neighbors in the area where the shooting happened said it is nerve-wracking to hear the shooter may be on the loose and they hope whoever killed James is caught.

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