State Police search for man accused of firing shots in Dryden

Eric J. McLaurin (Photo: State Police)

New York State Police are searching for a suspect accused of firing shots from a home on State Route 366 in the town of Dryden which prompted neighbors to shelter in place for hours.

State Police say they are looking for 31-year-old Eric J. McLaurin. He is described as a black male, with hazel eyes and black hair. McLaurin is 5'10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

According to troopers, the "shots fired" call was reported just before 2:45pm at a home in the 1100 block of State Route 366 (Dryden Road).

State Police say a woman and young child were reportedly in the residence at the time of the shots fired call but left before troopers arrived. The situation was fluid for several hours with the road closed between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill Roads. After making several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with McLaurin, members of SORT (Special Operations Response Team) were able to make entry and learned McLaurin was not in the home.

A shelter in place for neighbors in the area has been lifted and the roadway has been reopened. Members from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department and Ithaca City Police assisted the New York State Police during the situation.

State Police say if you see McLaurin, do not approach him and call 911 or Tompkins County dispatch at (607) 272-2444.

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