Detectives have charged Justus Holmes, 24 of Syracuse, after he allegedly walked into the Denny’s in the Town of Salina, armed with a gun, and shot a man before shooting at a group of patrons and employees on Sunday morning.
Holmes fled from the scene after injuring at least four people.
Detectives say the motive appears to be domestic related as Holmes had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend, who was among the group of people inside the Denny’s restaurant.
Two of the shooting victims were taken to Upstate University Hospital where they are being treated for non life-threatening injuries. A third shooting victim was treated at the scene for a minor arm injury. A fourth victim was also taken to the Upstate University Hospital for a non-shooting related injury.
Holmes will be arraigned Sunday night, according to State Police. Charges include attempted murder in the 2nd degree, assault in the 1st degree, assault in the 2nd degree, menacing in the 2nd degree and
criminal use of a firearm in the 1st degree.
Detectives ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Onondaga County Sheriff’s tip line at 315-435-3051 or by sending a tip via Tip411.
Denny’s has released this statement to NewsChannel 9 about Sunday’s shooting:
“We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred at our North Syracuse restaurant this morning and the entire Denny’s family is keeping those injured in our thoughts. The safety of our guests and team members is a top priority and we are fully cooperating with local law enforcement.”