UTICA - Police now say a homicide, shooting and shots fired incident - all in Oneida County, all within a week - are likely connected.
"This could be some sort of a retaliatory response or a back and forth of a continuing disagreement between groups of people. At this point, we can't say it 100%," says Lt. Bryan Coromato of the Utica Police Department.
It all began Wednesday, January 8th, when police found the body of 20-year-old Quaheim Holland, of Utica, in a car behind a barn on Westmoreland Road in Whitestown.
That same night, 21-year-old Daryun Prescod was shot in the leg on Roberts Street in Utica. Then on Monday, January 13, around 6:45 p.m. an apparent gun battle took place during a vigil for Holland in Utica.
"There appears to be more than one shooter, and at this point it appears there may have been some shots fired and some retaliatory shots fired," says Lt. Coromato.
One woman suffered what might have been a gunshot wound to the hand when shots were fired Monday night on the 300 block of Rutger Street in Utica.
"There's clearly a tie to the city of Utica. How extensive is the tie, we're not ready to comment on that yet," said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.
The Sheriff's Department is the lead agency on the homicide investigation. In light of the likely Utica connection, the Utica Police Department is helping.
"Chief Williams has assigned an investigator full time to work with our investigators on this case," says Sheriff Maciol.
UPD, the Sheriff's Department, County D.A.'s Office and State Police are all working to make an arrest before any further gunfire. Sheriff Maciol asks anyone with information to call the investigator directly at 315 765 2226. He says tips can be kept confidential.