UTICA, N.Y. -- It was a busy day for Utica Police Department on Sunday after shots were fired on three different city streets, all in one day.
The first incident happened on Howe Street, when several shots were fired at a home. Police said some of the bullets went through the wall. According to witnesses, the bullets narrowly missed the people inside.
The other two shootings happened on Symonds Place and Eagle Street. No one was hurt during either incident, but neighbors are still calling for an end to the violence.
Vita Watson, who lives on Symonds Place, said her street is normally quiet, so she was surprised when she heard about the shootings.
"That's crazy because I've lived here, right here on this street for 25 years and I've never had anything happen on this street," said Watson.
Lt. Bryan Coromato of the Utica Police Department said, many times, officers do not arrive on scene until several minutes after shots are fired.
"People hear the shots and people witness the shots. Their safety is first in their minds before calling 911. Usually, in these situations, we are several minutes behind. We are not arriving when the car involved leaves or the person leaves. So we have to work backwards from there. Its video surveillance, talking to witnesses, things like that," said Coromato.
The city plans on holding a gun violence summit on Saturday, Feb. 22. Coromato said that these more recent shootings will likely be discussed at the event.
"I think with the recent spike in gunfire at the end of 2019 in the recent months of 2020, I think it just continues the conversation and I think there’s a conversation that needs to be had," said Coromato.
Anyone with information that may help the investigation should call Utica Police at 315-735-3301.
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