There was a shooting near Syracuse University Wednesday that resulted in a lockdown of the area. Officials now know that the altercation left one 15-year-old dead and a 17 year-old seriously injured.
Syracuse police report that there was a detective in an unmarked car near Hope Avenue when he heard gunshots nearby at around 7:20 p.m. The detective was originally in the neighborhood due to “police intelligence as well as complaints from the neighbors,” according to Chief Frank Fowler.
The detective followed the suspect vehicle he believed was responsible for the gunshots. When they turned onto Moore Avenue, the suspects opened fire at the detective’s car. The officer was not injured.
The suspects then fled their vehicle and ran onto Oakwood Cemetery, where the detective lost them. A helicopter and K-9 units were then dispatched to join the search.
Around the same time, other officers were called to 148 Hope Avenue for reports of a shooting, where they found the 17 year-old shot in the leg while the 15 year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old is currently at the Upstate University Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The 15-year-old has been identified as Zavion Escobar.
The search prompted a lockdown mode of the area, which included Syracuse University, and it was not lifted until over 3 hours later. Though the officers recovered the vehicle, the suspects are still at large.