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Police identify 12-year-old killed in Syracuse shooting as Grant Middle School student

12-year-old James Springer, III. (Photo Courtesy: Family of James Springer, III.)

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler has identified the young victim in an overnight shooting as 12-year-old James Springer, III. Springer was a sixth grade student at Grant Middle School.

At approximately 9:35 p.m. Syracuse Police responded to Park and E. Division Streets on a shooting call. As officers were en route, they were notified that the victim 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.

Fowler says a 33-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting, but her injuries are non-life threatening. According to Sergeant Richard Helterline, the woman was Springer's stepmother.

The investigation revealed that the victims were in the 100 block of John Street when they were shot.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Police Chief Frank Fowler, Mayor Ben Walsh, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and Syracuse Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea pleaded with the community to come forward with information.

"There are things that occurred in that neighborhood in the days leading up to this that we weren't aware of," Chief Fowler said. "Had folks in the neighborhood called the police, we would've been able to intervene. Now I'm not saying we would've been able to save this child's life, but I'm saying to you, I would love to have had a chance to save this child's life."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222.

This story will be updated.

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