Ithaca, N.Y. — A string of violence hit Ithaca within the first two hours of July 4 early Friday morning, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

One man was critically injured and taken to a regional trauma center after being attacked by three men and struck with a baseball bat.

Another incident drew police to Chestnut Street. Someone shot at and chased two victims driving through the western end of the city before they crashed.

And a woman being arrested during a dispute attempted to damage an Ithaca Police car by kicking the car window in, police said.

Here’s the account IPD gave of the three incidents:

1 – Assault

Around 12:06 a.m., Ithaca police were called to Cayuga Medical Center after learning that the victim of an assault was on life support.

They found the man, a 25-year-old Ithaca resident. He had been struck with a baseball bat multiple times and suffered head, neck and torso injuries.

“The victim had been intubated and placed on a respirator prior to officers arriving at the hospital,” police said in a press release.

The incident happened on Chestnut Street.

The man was later taken to a trauma center and is reportedly in stable condition.

2 – Gunfire and chase

Around 1:34 a.m., Ithaca police were called to reports of shots fired.

Police learned that two people were driving on the street when someone shot at them as they passed.

The shooter then got in a car himself and chased the victims, continuing to shoot as they drove west through the city, according to police.

The victims crashed on the 700 block of Elm Street Extension. The shooter then reportedly turned and fled, according to police. Nobody was injured.

Officers recovered evidence of the crime on Chestnut Street. Descriptions of the perpetrator and suspect vehicle are being withheld as police investigate.

3 – IPD vehicle kicked

Around 12:13 a.m., police were called to a “physical domestic dispute” at the old Holiday Inn at 222 South Cayuga Street.

Officers arrested Amy Armagost, of Buffalo, on charges of first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and attempted criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Armagost was charged with criminal contempt because she violated an order of protection, police said. She was charged with attempted criminal mischief because she kicked the windows of an IPD patrol vehicle, according to authorities.

Armagost was also charged with other misdemeanors and violations.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.