UPDATE on multiple reported gunshots at windows in Elmira, Horseheads

CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Police received numerous reports of criminal mischief on Friday morning after a string of gunshots to vehicles and local businesses overnight. 

At least 24 reported cases came in from multiple jurisdictions as of 1:00 P.M. Friday afternoon and the number of cases is only expected to increase.

Over 30 windows were shot at in the Southern Tier Crossing shopping center in Horseheads. The Lane Bryant store was hit the worst with its front door glass shattered to pieces on the ground.

In Elmira, multiple reports were received of vehicles also shot at. Tim Gilboy's daughter's car was one of them. 

"For somebody to drive around, whether you're an adult or kid or whoever's doing this, causing damage to other people's property that work so hard for their stuff... pure ignorance," Gilboy, an Elmira resident, said. 

Just down the street from his daughter's car, two more cars belonging to two separate neighbors were also hit. 

The suspect or suspects are still on the loose and there are no reports of injuries at this time.

Police believe some type of CO2 powered weapon, like a BB gun or pellet gun, was used to carry out the crimes.

Cameras are located throughout various locations in the City of Elmira, but police say resources from multiple agencies need to be pulled together. New York State Police is one of the agencies involved in the investigation. 

Law enforcement is asking the public to be careful and to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles. 

"You may not get a plate number, you may only have a vehicle description, someone else may have a partial plate number... when agencies work together, we can take these little pieces of information, put them together, and hopefully identify some suspects," Sergeant William Solt, with the Elmira Police Department, said. 

Other stores that were shot at in Southern Tier Crossing include Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, AT&T, and Ulta.

Anyone with information in regards to the Elmira area is asked to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 271-HALT.


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