ITHACA, N.Y. – Police spent several hours Tuesday outside a residence on the 1100 block of Dryden Road after reports of shots fired. In an update Tuesday night, police said after several unsuccessful attempts to reach the man inside, they made entry and found he was no longer there.

Residents within a one-mile radius of the incident were urged to shelter in place Tuesday afternoon, and traffic was diverted for hours. As of 11:30 p.m., New York State Police say the shelter in place has been lifted and the road has reopened. Now, police are searching for 31-year-old Eric J. McLaurin, who police say fired a shot from the residence of 1132 Dryden Road.

In a brief update at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer for New York State Police Troop C, said at about 2:41 p.m. March 12, state police in Ithaca received a report of shots fired.

“At this point in time it is a fluid situation,” Dembinska said. “No one has been injured.”

In an update around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said when they were first called Tuesday, a woman and child were reportedly in the residence but had left on their own accord by the time officers arrived. For several hours, police closed off the 1100 block of Dryden Road between Baker Hill and Turkey Hill roads.

Eric J. McLaurin. (Photo provided by New York State Police.

“After making several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with McLaurin, members of SORT (Special Operations Response Team) were able to make entry and learned McLaurin was not in the residence,” police said.

Police are now searching for McLaurin, who is described as a black male, with hazel eyes and black hair. McLaurin is 5’10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds. Anyone who sees McLaurin is asked not to approach him, but to call 911 or Tompkins County Dispatch at 607-272-2444.

NYSP are redirecting traffic away from the 1100 block of Dryden Road/Rt 366 after a report of shots fired. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)
NYSP are redirecting traffic away from the 1100 block of Dryden Road/Rt 366 after a report of shots fired. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)

New York State Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, and Ithaca Police Department assisted.

Police said they will remain in the area throughout the night.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. This story was last updated at 11:41 p.m. Tuesday.

Featured image: Law enforcement respond to an incident on the 1100 block of Dryden Road. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.