A violent day upstate: 8-year-old among 5 shot in Syracuse; 5 shot in Rochester


Several people were shot Thursday in an incident on Midland Avenue in Syracuse, including a child, according to Central New York media.

Initial reports said that up to seven people had been shot in Syracuse, but Friday morning, Syracuse.com reported that five people had been injured. One of those, the Syracuse media site said, was an 8-year-old girl.

The shooting happened at a home where a memorial service was being held for a man who had died of cancer, and Syracuse.com reported that it was not the first time violence marked the house:

The home where the shooting occurred, 1315-17 Midland Ave., is the home where Rashaad Walker Jr.'s family lived, according to witnesses and family members.

Walker, 20 months old, was fatally shot on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2010 in the 300 block of Coolidge Avenue.

The toddler was sitting in a car seat in a parked minivan when Saquan Evans, a reputed member of the Bricktown gang, opened fire into the vehicle in what authorities contended was an attempt to kill the child's father, a reputed member of the rival 110 gang.

Read Syracuse.com's extensive coverage on the shooting.


Meanwhile, in Rochester, five people were shot in separate incidents over a four-hour period Thursday, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

No suspects are in custody in any of the shootings, the newspaper reported.

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