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Just three weeks into the new year Utica Police are investigating a homicide. It's the city's first of 2014 and it follows a record-breaking seven homicides last year. Shots rang out early Saturday at Two J's Bar on Rutger Street. Police found a man lying in the parking lot, with gunshot wounds--he died at the hospital.
Just three weeks into the new year Utica Police are investigating a homicide. It's the city's first of 2014 and it follows a record-breaking seven homicides last year. Shots rang out early Saturday at  Two J's Bar on Rutger Street. Police found a man lying in the parking lot, with gunshot wounds--he died at the hospital.
Police say the bar was full that night and a crowd was gathered outside near the victim's body. Despite this, nearly two full days later no one has stepped forward to tell police what happened or who was involved.
"I was outside when the shots went out, sometimes you hear shots and you try not to get involved because it's just a scary thing," said Lawrence Chambers of Utica.
It all started with an element of confusion--shots fired were reported on Morris St. instead of Rutger St, where the victim lay. By the time police got to the scene, the victim's family had already been notified by an onlooker.
"At the same time family members pulled up in a vehicle and at the same time our officers and the family kind of found the victim in the parking lot," said Sg. Steve Hauck of the UPD.
No one there had any information to offer police.
"He was out here in the parking lot, I don't understand how nobody didn't see nothing or how nobody knows nothing," Veronica Davis.
The victim's name hasn't been released, but friends of his have come forward to Eyewitness News.
"He was a good kid, he was funny, I loved him, he was very sweet he loved his kids," said Davis.
The loss is hitting her hard, not only because he was a friend but because her brother, Reginald Davis, was killed under similar circumstances.
"I know what they whole family feeling like, she lost her brother--a twin brother at that--I lost my baby brother. All these killings and no one's getting charged for it, I don't understand," she said.
Friends an family put together a makeshift memorial near where his body was found and the worst part, they say, is this isn't the first memorial that's been put up near Two J's Bar.
"I think it's fairly well documented that there's been issues there over the years, a few years back there was a homicide there," said Sgt. Steve Hauck.
He says the bar could be shut down if it's determined that codes have been violated. That's something Lawrence Chambers would be happy with.
"It was kind of, just kind of scary thinking about it in the long run because I got children and my nieces and nephews being up the street, it's just close to home."
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