This is a developing story. The Ithaca Voice will update this story when more information becomes available.

UPDATE (11:35 a.m., July 20): Joly told The Ithaca Voice that a car chase that occurred after the homicide was discovered was not related to the case, and that there are no further details available currently.


ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Police have announced that they are investigating a homicide that took place in the wee hours of the night Tuesday morning, but details are scant currently.

Police said the incident occurred in an area “near the intersection of West Buffalo Street and Taughannock Boulevard,” and list the reporting time as around 12:45 a.m. on July 20, in the 200 block of Taughannock Boulevard, specifically. The release, penned by Ithaca Police Department Acting Chief John Joly, only confirms that one male victim suffered “gunshot wounds,” and asks for more help from the public.

As of 4:30 a.m., when the press release was announced, Joly said police units were still on-scene. The victim’s identity was not released.

The report offers no information regarding a suspect’s description or witness recounts of the event. It is the city’s first homicide since October, when John Ray Lawton was shot and killed in downtown Ithaca.

Police are asking anyone with knowledge to reach out via the following means.

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

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