Update at 3:46 a.m. — Police have confirmed that two people have been shot in an incident that happened on the 200 block of North Meadow Street early Thursday morning. Witnesses saw multiple people flee from the scene.

Police have partially blocked the roadway at West State Street and North Meadow Street while they investigate the incident.

Preliminary information indicates that multiple gunshots were fired at Chuck’s Mobile Mart at 540 W. State Street. One of the men shot ran to the the Fastrac Markets at 214 N. Meadow Street where he collapsed.

Police are still investigating the incident.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police are responding to reports of multiple gunshots fired on North Meadow Street in Ithaca Thursday morning. An officer at the scene confirmed that at least one man has been shot.

Police have shut down down two gas stations, taping them off with police tape and blocking part of the area with police vehicles at Fastrac Markets at 214 N. Meadow and Chuck’s Mobile Mart at 540 W. State streets.

At least five witnesses independently confirmed that multiple gunshots rang out in the area early Thursday morning. Police are still at the scene around 2:15 a.m.

One witness who was at the Fastrac said he heard gunshots ring out while he was parked directly in front of the store.

“I thought it was fireworks,” he said.

About 15 seconds later, he said a man turned the corned coming from North Meadow Street and went into the gas station. The man didn’t think much of the incident until he saw the person head back toward the door. That’s when he saw the man apparently shot in the chest with blood streaming down.

The man said the shot person collapsed in front of a wood pile at the scene. The man declined to give his name because he was working at the time of the incident. A police officer at the scene confirmed a similar account.

Two witnesses on West State Street who heard the gunshots both independently said they saw a man running away from the Mobile gas station headed east on West State Street. Police have not confirmed these details.

The Ithaca Police Department, Bangs Ambulance, Cayuga Heights Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s office are at the scene.

Featured photo by Mike Blaney/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

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