ITHACA, N.Y.—Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting and car chase that took place through downtown Ithaca and the city’s West End.

The incident took place on Oct. 18, and was announced at that time as two cars traveling through the city and trading gunfire along the way.

24-year-old Reuben Alexander, of Ithaca, and Ethan Cornelius, 29, of Freeville, were both arrested and charged with crimes in connection with the incident. Both were arrested over the last two days.

Alexander was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a C-level felony. Cornelius was charged with the same crime. Both were remanded to Tompkins County Jail—Alexander on $5,000 bail/$10,000 bond, Cornelius on $10,000 bail/$20,000 bond.

Police said the investigation is continuing and that more charges are expected in the case. Alexander was found with a loaded Glock handgun when he was arrested, while Cornelius was found with a loaded .45 caliber handgun when he was arrested.

The shootings that took place on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 are related, though they did not say if Alexander and Cornelius were directly involved in the latter incident.

Beyond that, police said there was a shots fired report on West Seneca Street on Tuesday night around 10 p.m. Police claimed that one gunshot was fired during an argument. Police said that no injuries or property damage was reported, though one person contacted the Ithaca Voice saying their car had been hit by a single bullet and provided a picture of the hole. Though police announced it at the same time, they did not indicate that the shooting this week was related to the incidents Alexander and Cornelius were involved in.

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Matt Butler

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