(UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 30 9:44 A.M.) –– Police have released some limited information regarding the Thursday night shooting on West State Street, including a confirmation that a gunshot victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.
They have also stated that the other vehicle involved in the incident which fled the scene is described as “a light colored sedan.”
Police have established a rough route of travel for the two vehicles, during which it appears a chase of sorts ensued and shots were fired. In their Friday morning press release police claim the vehicles traveled North on Meadow Street, West on Buffalo Street, South on Fulton Street, then East on State Street where again, the black van involved stopped and the sedan continued on away from the scene.
The exact timeline of the incident is unclear, but police say they responded to the incident around 10:37 p.m.
They are asking that anyone with information or video contact IPD using any of the following methods:
Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips
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ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca police are investigating a shooting that took place on West State Street late Thursday night, and have closed West State Street from the Commons to Meadow Street until 5 a.m. to continue the investigation. IPD termed the closure as due to “police activity.”
Police on the scene said there was one known victim of the shooting as of 11:30 p.m. They described the bullet wound as a “graze” and that the person had been taken to an area hospital via Bangs Ambulance.
Witnesses nearby described several gunshots being fired at a black van at the corner of State Street and Geneva Street from another vehicle. The black van stopped there, while the other vehicle then continued on West State Street towards the Commons before turning right and heading south down South Cayuga Street (Correction: This had previously said North Cayuga Street, but it was indeed South Cayuga Street toward Green Street). A black van was visible on the scene with several bullet holes in its passenger side and windows knocked out.
Further details were not immediately available. This story will be updated when more information is provided.
Ithaca Voice Senior Reporter Anna Lamb contributed reporting to this article.