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Syracuse man, 13-year-old brother charged in double homicide in Eastwood

Treamon Elmore, 24, of Syracuse, was one of two people charged in the June 20 double homicide in Eastwood (New York State Police)

One Syracuse man and one teenager — both brothers — have been arrested and charged in connection to last week's double homicide in the Syracuse neighborhood of Eastwood.

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said at a press conference Monday evening that Treamon J. Elmore, 24, of Syracuse, and a 13-year-old boy have both been charged with two counts of murder in the 2nd degree, robbery in the 1st degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree.

Both individuals were taken into custody Monday afternoon after police and SWAT teams were called to 113 Breakshear Road in the Town of Geddes. Authorities located the homicide suspect's vehicle at that residence. The suspects were both inside at the time.

They both initially refused to come out but eventually came out and were taken into custody without incident. Detectives secured a search warrant to check the residence for evidence.

The arrests stem from the shooting deaths of 21-year-old Luis Sepulveda and 28-year-old Christopher McLauren, both of Syracuse.

According to police, the shooting occurred at 158 Lynwood Avenue near James Street and Tyson Place around 4:11 p.m. on June 20. When police arrived, they found the two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel on the scene determined that the victims were dead upon their arrival.

Chief Fowler said the suspects and victims did know each other. He also said police know why Sepulveda and McLauren were targeted but couldn't yet tell the public.

"There are chances there may be further arrests," he said.

Both suspects have had prior run-ins with the law. Elmore was charged in January 2017 after a four-mile pursuit with state troopers through Syracuse. An investigation into the incident revealed that the car he was driving had switched license plates and was not registered. He also served time in prison for criminal possession of a weapon and records show he was involved in a gang.

The 13-year-old was also wanted on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm, stemming from an incident on June 16. During that incident, the suspect ran from the scene after a traffic pursuit, where a revolver was recovered inside the vehicle by officers.

The teen was also charged with Robbery in the 3rd degree from an incident on Sept. 19, 2017 where he forcibly stole a bicycle from another person.

Due to his age, the identity and photograph of the 13 year old will not be released.

"This is a very troubling situation," Fowler said. "Let's look at why we're here. We're because two people were killed. Two people were shot to death. And now, I'm saying to you that a 13-year-old is one of the ones responsible fore the deaths of those two men. And that's a very abnormal situation. And I don't know what more you can say about something like that. It's tragic all around."

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The teen was lodged at the Hillbrook Detention Center.

Elmore was later lodged at the Onondaga County Justice Center.




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