Final update as of 8:15 p.m.: IPD has issued a statement describing the shooter as a Black male of thin build, approximately 6’0″ to 6’2″ tall with long, braided hair. He was last seen wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, a ball cap and a backpack.

The two male victims in their 20s were transported to a regional trauma center with apparently non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is in the beginning stages, and all information is preliminary, according to the police. At the moment, it appears that the two victims were involved in a verbal altercation with the shooter prior to being shot.

The suspect described above. (Photo provided by IPD)

Update as of 5:40 p.m.: “He probably got out before we set up,” Monticello said as police broke down barricades around the perimeter. Police will be providing a suspect description later this evening.

Update as of 5 p.m.: Ithaca-Tompkins Crisis Response Team (otherwise known as the SWAT team) has been circling a red house on West Seneca Street with assault weapons drawn. It is unclear at this time how many other people are in the house, which contains several apartment units.

Police have established a perimeter, and blocks around the building have been closed to traffic. A command post has been established at a nearby intersection.

Police are entering the building as of approximately 5:10 p.m.

Monticello said there are no hostages.

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ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Police Department officers have issued a warning to avoid the 300 block of West Seneca Street due to ongoing barricaded suspect situation.

According to IPD Deputy Chief Vincent Monticello, two people were shot Friday afternoon in downtown Ithaca. Their current condition is unknown. 

Police have surrounded a house on West Seneca Street where they believe the suspect is located now.

Managing Editor Matt Butler contributed to this reporting.

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