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Mayor, Deputy Mayor: 'People are afraid' following 12-year-old's shooting death

12-year-old dies after a shooting on John Street. (CNYCentral Photo)

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh says he is at a loss for words after hearing about 12-year-old James Springer, III was shot and killed.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Walsh told reporters he and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens met with the little boy’s family at the hospital.

"I am profoundly sad and extremely angry, not just about what took place last night, but what has been taking place in our community," said Mayor Walsh. "There was another senseless act of violence, and it's the second child we lost to gun violence in a week."

"City of Syracuse, here we are again," said Deputy Mayor Owens. "I’ve talked to a lot of people on the phone. Hearts are broken, hearing people crying on the phone. Wondering what's going on and what can we do?"

Mayor Walsh says he plans to work with city school leaders and the police department to bring those responsible for this latest killing, as well as other murders, to justice.

"While I'm struggling with words to articulate how we all feel about this. I am not struggling to find the resolve to fix this problem," said Walsh.

CNYCentral asked if kids and teens getting caught up in violence and killed in Syracuse is something being discussed with all police chief candidates. The current chief, Frank Fowler, will retire by the end of the year.

"It is certainly going to be a focus as we make the selection for the next police chief but as I said not one person is going to solve this," said Mayor Walsh.

Mayor Walsh says he wants community members to step up, and come forward with information-adding he wants to hear strategies from anyone who wants to end the bloodshed.

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