UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A shots fired incident in West Utica closed several schools in the area Thursday afternoon. Utica Police were called to the Dari-Del store at the corner of Noyes and York Streets. Police immediately encountered a woman who had shot in the abdomen. She told police that the person who shot her had gone into the store and reportedly shot himself. Using a robot and drone, police were able to find a male inside the store dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The female who was shot has been quickly transported to a local hospital and was in surgery with what could be a life-threatening wound.
Utica Police were assisted at the scene by the Metro Swat team, including member of the Oneida County Sheriff Office and Herkimer Police.
Donovan Middle school and Kernan Elementary school are both within a few blocks of the shooting scene. Both schools went into lockout and then went through a staggered release of students and staff.
Utica Police are still investigating at the scene. More details are expected to be released later Thursday.