SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WWTI) — A shooting in Syracuse took the life of an active-duty soldier on the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Syracuse Police Spokesperson Lt. Matthew Malinowski, officers responded to the 300 block of Parkway Drive in the city of Syracuse for a reported shooting with injuries.

Upon arrival, a 19-year-old male was found shot in the midsection. The victim, identified as Malik Sharif Shipman, was transported to Upstate University Hospital but died due to his injuries.

Fort Drum Public Affairs confirmed that Shipman was an active-duty soldier with the rank of Private First Class. PFC Shipman was a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 642nd Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVII Airborne Corps within the 10th Mountain Division.

The young soldier joined the Army in July 2020 and arrived to his first duty station, Fort Drum, in December 2020. During his time serving, PFC Shipman completed the Combat Lifesavers Course and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

46th Engineer Battalion Commander LTC Jon-Paul Depreo commented on the tragedy in a press release issued on July 6.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with PFC Shipman’s family and fellow Soldiers,” LTC Depreo said. “Our command is committed to ensuring every resource is available to his family and his fellow teammates during this difficult time. PFC Shipman’s compassion for his fellow Soldiers will be missed.”

PFC Shipman was originally from Fairburn, Georgia, which is a town located outside of Atlanta.

An investigation into this shooting is ongoing. Multiple casings were located on the scene and at least two vehicles were struck by gunfire.

Those with information are asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at 315-442-5222.


This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as more information is released.