UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica Police Department is investigating a shooting on Bleeker Street that occurred on November 12th, during which a man was shot in the neck, and is asking the public for any information they may have.
Around 4:00 am on Saturday, members of the Utica Police and Fire Departments arrived at the 800 block of Bleeker Street to investigate a possible shooting. On the scene, they found two male victims with injuries, one with a laceration to the head and the other suffering from a head laceration and gunshot wound.
Police learned the men were attending a party when three unidentified individuals asked for a ride home to a location on Bleeker Street. When they arrived at their destination, a man in the backseat allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded property from the victims.
Suddenly, at the same time, another man allegedly sprayed the victims with pepper spray, while the man brandishing the handgun hit them both in the head while continuing to demand their property. The suspect then fired one shot, hitting the male victim in the upper back by his neck.
The suspects then ran from the scene while the victims called 911.
The victims were treated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation has been assigned to the Utica Police Department Major Crimes Unit which is asking anyone with information can contact them at 315-223-3556. You can also make an anonymous tip at the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers website, by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), at www.p3tips.com, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app.