Man arrested in connection with Monday shooting

By Joleen Ferris

(WKTV) - Utica police have made an arrest in the shooting Monday night of 24-year-old Darnell Howard. 

It happened just before 7:30 p.m. Monday on the 1500 block of Dudley Avenue. Officers responding to the scene heard the suspect vehicle description and gave chase. With seven UPD patrol cars in pursuit, the chase came to an end on Ridge Road in South Utica. Police say the suspected shooter jumped out of the car they were chasing. 

It soon became clear why the driver, Jamar Sessoms, probably took off. 

"The vehicle he was driving was stolen. He had suspended license," says Police Chief Mark Williams.

A person standing in a South Utica driveway caught the chase on video.  Police say they caught up with the suspect they believe fled the car Tuesday afternoon.  They aren't yet releasing his name, but say he faces preliminary charges with more possibly to follow.

The victim, Darnell Howard, was familiar to police.  He went to state prison for six years back in 2008 for the assault of a Utica police officer. The assault was caught on tape by a surveillance camera on a James Street business. 

At his sentencing, he told the judge he'd changed his life. 

He's currently recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are still piecing together the motive behind the shooting.

"We're still trying to put all the pieces together why this occurred. We have some theories. One involving a female Proctor student," says Chief Williams.

Police expect to release the shooting suspect's identity and charges Tuesday night.


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