SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Five people were shot, including one child, on Midland Avenue in Syracuse Thursday night. All are in stable condition and are expected to survive at this point.
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler provided an update shortly after 11 p.m. Walsh called the shooting "senseless," saying the main concern is with the victims and their families.
Police say a 35-year-old man was shot in the torso, arm and leg area, a 35-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen, another 35-year-old woman was shot in the hand, a 29-year-old man was shot in the chest and an 8-year-old girl was shot in the hip.
Police are looking for two possible suspects.
Syracuse police say they arrived to a large crowd of people in the area of the 1300 block, and there they discovered several people had been shot.
The call came in shortly after 9 p.m. to Onondaga County 911.
People at the scene of the shooting say that family was gathered for a celebration of life when the gunshots started. They say a family member died of pancreatic cancer Thursday and family was gathering in remembrance. The Syracuse police chief says that he believes that to be true, from the initial investigation.
A homeowner at a home on Midland Avenue said about 20 to 30 people were in her driveway when three "boys," who she claims were dressed in black hooded sweatshirts, were seen across the street and opened fire.
The woman says she was inside the home at the time of the shooting, heard something like firecrackers and then claims she saw people dropping.
Syracuse police say that all of the victims were taken to Upstate University Hospital by ambulance for treatment. They are said to be in stable condition.
Police also say that at 9:53 p.m. a teenage girl was shot in the lower back on Furman Street, blocks away from the mass shooting.
They say they are still investigating whether the two shootings were connected, but the girl's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
“I’m scared for her because she’s a little girl and she didn’t have nothing to do with anything,” said a cousin of the teenage victim.
Police say the Furman Street shooting is also an active investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222. They are surveying the scene, gathering evidence and conducting interviews.
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