Eight-year-old among those injured after multiple shots were fired at New York memorial service

Eight-year-old among those injured after multiple shots were fired at New York memorial service

At least five people were shot during a memorial service in Syracuse, upstate New York, including an eight-year-old and a 14-year-old, according to police. According to Post-Standards, dispatch logs showed that police responded to the shooting at a house in Syracuse after 9pm on Thursday.

Syracuse firefighters said that emergency services responded to calls that an incident had taken place on Midland Avenue. Ambulances were spotted leaving the scene at around 9:15.


Reports state that the shots had come form across the street  and hit the lawn where people had gathered for the memorial, injuring many. The identities of the victims have not been revealed yet, however, reports state that they aged from eight to 35 years. None of those injured, who were rushed to Upstate University Hospital, appeared to have sustained life-threatening wounds.

A video of the incident was also posted on social media which showed authorities cordoning off the area with police vehicles and officers lining the road after nearby residents gathered around. 


The number of the suspects in the shooting varied as some witnesses said there were two and others said there were three men involved in the incident.

A woman, while talking to a reporter, broke down as she counted how many victims she knew: "My daughter, my nephew, my friend, my niece and my other niece," she said, crying.

Reports state that around 50 people had gathered outside the upstate New York house to commemorate the death of a man who had recently died of cancer when then the incident occurred. The neighbors reported shots being fired at the ceremony as they ran into the house to take cover from the bullets.

The neighbors reportedly said that between 10 and 15 shots were fired and that the incident occurred at a home which belonged to Rashaad Walker Jr., a 20-month-old who was shot in 2010 amid a gang shootout, Post Standard reported.

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