Armed suspect at large, two arrested after shots fired near Cornell, Ithaca Schools

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6:00 P.M. UPDATE: One suspect, whom police are saying is armed and dangerous, is at large in Ithaca after at least five police departments responded to reports of shots fired near Cornell and Ithaca Schools on Tuesday.

Around 1:23 p.m. on November 9, Ithaca Police responded to the 600 block of Hancock Street for a report of shots fired. Police believe shots were exchanged between two groups of people, but at of this update, no gunshot victims have been located or identified.

Soon after the shots, a vehicle one of the groups fled in was reported being seen traveling north on State Route 13 near the Cayuga Heights exit.

A Tomkins County Sheriff’s vehicle tried to stop the car, but it left the road and came to a rest in a residential front yard near The Parkway and Klinewoods Road in the Village of Cayuga Heights.

The driver was immediately apprehended, with tow others exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Cayuga Heights Police, Ithaca Police, Cornell University Police and New York State Police all responded, setting up a perimeter. One of the suspects was apprehended without incident.

At the time of this update, the third suspect is still at large and believed to be in the Village of Cayuga Heights. He were last seen running though residential yards in the area of Upland and Cayuga Park Road.

He is described as a black man, around 6-feet tall with dreadlocks that extend past his shoulders, a medium build and a faded multi-colored shirt. He was seen fleeing with a handgun in his waistband and should be considered armed and dangerous. Any residents that may have seen him are asked to call 911 immediately.

The second group involved in the shots fired have not yet been identified.

Police aren’t releasing the identities of the apprehended suspects or any charges they face.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Multiple law enforcement officers and K9 units are searching in the area, residents within the Village are asked to stay inside until the search is concluded. The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Special Response Team is leading the search effort.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Ithaca Police and Cayuga Heights Police Departments provided this information just before 6:00 p.m.


4:51 P.M. UPDATE: Due to the ongoing search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, tonight’s ICSD Board of Education meetings are postponed. ICSD staff, teachers, and administrators will continue to support students and families while prioritizing safety. Additional information will be released as soon as possible.


4:22 P.M. UPDATE: All events and activities scheduled for North Campus this evening have been canceled. All prelims scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled. Events and activities in other areas of campus may take place as scheduled.


3:41 P.M. UPDATE: The shelter-in-place at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Boynton Middle School, and Ithaca High School has been lifted. Parents can now pick up their students. Boynton Middle and Ithaca High Schools will have a normal dismissal, however, all afterschool activities are canceled.

At 3:27 p.m., Cornell University re-posted its shelter in place alert for anyone on the North Campus (North of Fall Creek Gorge, reminding anyone to call 911 if they see someone with a gun.


ITHACA, N.Y. (WETM) – Cornell’s North Campus and the Ithaca City School District have entered a shelter in place because of a reported man with a gun near the school.

According to CornellALERT at 2:09 p.m. on November 9, local police are pursuing a man with a gun in Cayuga Heights north of the campus.

As a result, Cornell has issued a shelter in place on its Ithaca campus. North Campus residents are advised to lock their doors and windows and call 911 if they see someone with a gun.

At 2:23 p.m., Ithaca City Schools said that Cayuga Heights Elementary, Boynton Middle, and Ithaca High School are also in a shelter in place. Parents and caregivers should not come to the buildings until further notice.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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