(Utica, NY) Last evening, July 30/31, 2020 the Utica Police Department responded to several incidents of shots fired around the City. During these incidents two individuals were struck by gunfire
The first occurred on the 1500 block of Dudley Ave around 10PM. Police units were dispatched to St. Luke’s Hospital for a male who had been self-transported to the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim, age 27, was conscious and alert and able to speak to officers. It was learned that he was on the 1500 block of Dudley Ave when shots were fired resulting in his injuries. A canvas of that location resulted in officers locating several spent 9mm shell casings. This investigation is still underway.
Later at approximately 12:20AM Utica Police units were dispatched to the 100 block of Gold St regarding a four year old child being struck in the hand by gunfire.
The child had already been transported to a local hospital by the time Police arrived, and they then responded there as well. Upon speaking with the family of the child it was learned that the suspects had driven by the residence earlier and fired a shot toward it. Approximately ten minutes later, the same vehicle and occupants drove by again firing several more shots, one of which struck the child. Several spent 9mm casings were located on Gold St.
The child was transferred to a Syracuse hospital related to the injuries.
As this was occurring another shots fired incident occurred on the 800 block of Chestnut St. No injuries were reported at that scene, however several spent shell casings were located.
Later this afternoon, police responded to a road rage shooting which was seemingly related to the other incidents. A 27-year-old male was shot at the intersection of Mohawk and Rutger Streets. He had to undergo emergency surgery for what is said to be a serious injury.
The Utica Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the Utica Police Department Major Crimes Division at (315) 223-3510 or you can submit a 100% anonymous tip online through Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), or by using the P3 Tips mobile app.