ITHACA, N.Y. –– Reports of shots fired prompted police to shut down a portion of West Seneca Street Friday night.

According to an official press release written by Sergeant Matt Cowen, “officers canvassed the area and spoke with witnesses, subsequently confirming that
gunshots had been fired in the area of West Seneca Street and North Corn Street.”

An emergency notification sent out by the Tompkins County Swift911 alert system confirmed that just after 8:30 p.m. the road was closed to “westbound traffic on West Seneca Street at North Corn Street” for “police activity for approximately one hour.”

The release from the Ithaca Police Department goes on to say that officers located “multiple spent bullet casings” in the area.

The police have said that no victims have been reported at this time, but that the investigation is “still ongoing” and that anyone who was in area during the incident or anyone who resides in the area that may have surveillance should contact the Ithaca Police Investigative Division through the following means.

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address:

IPD officials add that persons can “remain anonymous if they wish to do so.”

Anna Lamb

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