A Utica man in his 20’s is still being hospitalized after being shot on the 1500 block of Oneida Street. It happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday night just hours after several shots rang out on Seymour Avenue.
Nobody was struck from the shots fired on Seymour Avenue, but one woman was injured fleeing from the gunfire. Utica Police Sargent Michael Curley explains what it takes to solve crimes like these.
"Our major crimes division, our criminal investigation division are working overtime to solve these crimes. We have a 91% solvability rate on our homicides since 2016, so I think we’re doing our job for the most major crimes, and I really think it comes back to again is witness/ victim cooperation. They either are victims and/or offenders of crimes themselves and don’t wish to cooperate with the police, but we really need the cooperation to solve these crimes."
NEWSChannel 2 spoke with Mayor Robert Palmieri during one of the City’s clean sweeps, just around the corner from where the shooting took place. Mayor Palmieri says the city is doing its part to keep Utica as safe and clean as possible. It’s now up to residents to step up and do their part.
"It’s the people within the community. If they want a change, they have to make a change. They have to start trusting and believing, not only in the Utica Police Department, in their selves because you don’t want it to be your relative. You don’t want it to be your brother, your sister, or a friend. The only way we curtail this is working together."
Anyone with any information that can assist in the Utica Police investigation is asked to call 315-223-3510.