5 People, Including 8-Year-Old Girl, Injured in NY Shooting at a Wake!
While Richard Harris' family gathered together to comfort each other after his death from pancreatic cancer, someone was laying in wait to do them harm. The family, like most of us do moments after a loved one has passed, gathered at his home. There were generations of them, all age ranges, all sharing in their grief, until that grief was turned into horror.
Officers in Syracuse, NY got the call shortly after 9pm last night that there had been multiple shots fired on Midland Ave. A street they are all too familiar with. When they arrived, they were met by nearly 50 frantic and grieving family members and five people who were wounded.
A woman at the scene told reporters she knew the victims. She counted them off by saying "My daughter, my nephew, my friend, my niece and my other niece". All members of her family and her family friend.
"Syracuse police said they responded to several calls to the 911 center reporting that more than one person was possibly injured.
Upon arrival, officers observed a large crowd of people and located several people who had been shot, police said. Officers at the scene requested additional ambulances and officers respond to the scene.
The injured were transported to Upstate University Hospital, police said.
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler were on the scene after 10 p.m.
The home where the shooting occurred, 1315-17 Midland Ave., is the home where Rashaad Walker Jr.'s family lived, according to witnesses and family members.
Walker, 20-months-old, was fatally shot on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2010 in the 300 block of Coolidge Avenue.
The toddler was sitting in a car seat in a parked minivan when Saquan Evans, a reputed member of the Bricktown gang, opened fire into the vehicle in what authorities contended was an attempt to kill the child's father, a reputed member of the rival 110 gang.
Evans was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for second-degree murder plus an additional 15 years for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon."
This is shocking! Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with these families.