Utica Police respond to multiple shots fired incidents


 UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica police are investigating four shots-fired incidents that have occurred since Wednesday evening, authorities said. These four incidents are part of 11 that police have investigated since June 5.

According to Lt. Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department, these shootings are not random drive-by shootings, the victims seem to be targeted. He also says that some of the shootings appear to be related.
The incidents that occurred in the 24 hour time frame were at noon Thursday on Erie Street, a few hours prior police were called to Grant Street, Wednesday night at 10:30p.m. a gun was fired on the 16-hundred block of Genesee Street and at 7:15p.m. a bullet hit a house on Churchill Avenue. According to police the shot was fired from Winner Avenue. 
"I think they are all different, we do believe in all of these there were intended targets," Lt. Hauck said. "Thankfully, no one was hit."
Police plan to combat the recent string of shootings with increased police patrol around the area's that seem to have the most violence in Corn Hill and West Utica. 
Lt. Hauck says UPD has many leads and will hopefully make arrests in these cases soon. 

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