ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Police are investigating a wild scene that played out in downtown Ithaca in the wee hours of Sunday morning, June 6. There have been no arrests or injuries reported in connection to the incident.

In a press release, police claim that “a large group of people were engaged in altercations on the west end of the Commons and on Cayuga and State Streets, blocking the roadway for several minutes,” between about 1:40 a.m. and 2:10 a.m. The number of combatants outnumbered police from several departments.

According to the law enforcement narrative, efforts were made by police and helping citizens to separate the fights and the group began to leave the area. Shortly thereafter, police said a single gunshot was heard near the intersection of Seneca Street and Geneva Street, nearby in downtown Ithaca.

“Officers rushed to the scene where it was subsequently determined that a subject had fired a single bullet toward a vehicle passing by southbound on Geneva Street,” police said. “It is believed the shooting suspect was also significantly involved in the altercations earlier. A single shell casing was recovered at the scene.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Investigations Division through the following means:

  • Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
  • Police Administration: 607-272-9973
  • Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
  • Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com