Utica, N.Y. – Utica Police responded to three shootings over the Fourth of July weekend. Two of the shootings were deadly and have been declared homicides. Sergeant Mike Curley of the Utica Police Department says the shootings are not related.
On July 3 around 1:45 p.m. police were dispatched to 100 Rutger Street. Gary McCorkle of Utica was shot once in the chest and succumbed to his injuries.
The second incident also occurred on July 3. on the 1000 block of Jefferson Ave. A 14 year-old male victim was shot once in the head by a 15 year-old male at this location where police say there was a gathering. The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Utica before being transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He also succumbed to his injuries.
The victim of the third shooting is still in critical condition at Upstate Medical Center, and police are checking regularly for updates. The male victim was found slumped over in his car with a gunshot wound to his head at the corner of James Street and Seymour Avenue. Police responded to this scene around 12:30 Monday morning.
Sergeant Curley is calling for the public’s help to end gun violence in the city. The police department is asking that anyone with information come forward, and they need people to cooperate when the police are responding to a scene.
Curley described the moment officers responded to one of the July 5 shooting saying, “We arrived to the scene at James and Seymour to a group of almost 200 people in the street having fireworks, having a Fourth of July party, things of that nature, and it was extremely unruly.”
“The first arriving officers arrived on scene were berated and physically attacked by the members on scene,” he explained. “The individual who was struck in the gun fire needed almost immediate assistance to his injuries, and there were individuals jumping on officers’ backs attempting to get them out of the vehicle.”
Curley said solving the gun violence issue in Utica will not happen with this type of behavior.
If you have information about any of the incidents that occurred this weekend, please contact the Utica Police Department.