Ithaca police: Large fight ends in gunfire near West Commons

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A scary scene took place over the weekend in the city of Ithaca.

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Late Saturday night (into early Sunday morning), a large group of people were engaged in a string of physical altercations on the west end of the Commons, along with on Cayuga and State Streets.

This blocked the roadway for several minutes. Officers from multiple agencies responded, but were heavily outnumbered by those involved.

Among those who arrived: Ithaca Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, NYSP and the Cornell Police Department.

Police and other concerned citizens attempted to separate conflicting parties. The large group eventually dispersed, but a short time later a single gunshot was heard near Seneca and Geneva Streets, just a block away from the incidents.

Officers rushed to the scene and determined that a subject had fired a single bullet toward a vehicle passing by southbound on Geneva Street.

“It is believed the shooting was significantly involved in the altercations earlier,” said IPD Lieutenant Barry Banfield. “A single shell casing was recovered at the scene. There were no injured persons found, nor have any come forward.”


The incident is actively being investigated.

Anyone who may have relevant information should contact IPD using one of the following means:

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