A shooting in Syracuse left a 15-year-old killed and another teen injured Wednesday evening before police spent hours searching a 160-acre cemetery for two suspects.
The shooting, which took place near a home on Hope Avenue, led to Syracuse University Police briefly issuing an Orange Alert – asking civilians to remain indoors.
According to Syracuse.com, detectives patrolling the area heard gun shots being fired at 7:20 p.m. and subsequently began pursuing a vehicle that they believed hoarded the suspects. The suspects reportedly fired from their vehicle at the detectives, who survived the open firing by taking cover. When the detectives finally caught up the vehicle, the suspects had fled into Oakwood Cemetery.
When Patrol officers reached the scene of the crime, they found an injured teen outside 140 Hope Ave. and another dead on the back porch of the house. The injured teen is in hospital and expected to survive.
According to CNY Central, officers armed with K-9 units, and with the aid of helicopters, did a thorough search of the cemetery and the surrounding grave site monuments.
There is still no confirmation if the suspects escaped or were still hiding inside Oakwood Cemetry.
At 10:30 p.m. SU’s Department of Public Safety announced that the Orange Alert had been lifted. Reports claim that campus activity has since returned to normal.
Orange Alert: The emergency no longer exists. It is clear to resume normal activity. Continue to be diligent and report suspicious activity.
— Syracuse University (@SyracuseU) October 15, 2015