Spike in shots fired incidents in Utica prompts increased police patrols

More than a dozen cases are under investigation.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 10:17 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Shootings and shots fired incidents in the city of Utica have spiked since April, that has more patrols than usual on the streets – more than a dozen cases are under investigation.

In the last five days, UPD has been called to Oneida Square for a shots fired incident, where one person was arrested.

Also, there was a shooting on Lenox Avenue, where one man is charged and another is in critical condition.

And, a shots fired case, just Monday night, on Churchill Avenue, where having extra patrols led to a fast arrest of a suspect.

“We've had 16 since April 15, we've decided to beef up our patrols. we have supplemental patrols through the give unit as well as the patrol unit. It's been an uncharacteristically busy summer for us. we just hope people cooperate when we arrive on scene, be as safe as possible, and please notify us anytime an incident occurs,” said Sergeant Mike Curley.

GIVE stands for "gun involved violence elimination.” It's a state program that provides funding to 20 police departments, including Utica, to prevent and solve shootings.

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