Elmira Police respond to three incidents involving gunshots

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Elmira Police responded to three separate incidents early Tuesday morning after receiving reports of gunshots.

Incident 1

On July 30, 2019, at around 1:17 am, officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Balsam Street for a report of a home invasion with shots being fired.

Upon arrival the two adult male residents advised that a group of black males wearing hoodies forced their way into their apartment and began looking around the apartment. The intruders grabbed a backpack from one of the residents and then the group fled.

Two to three gunshots were heard as the group left the apartment. The gunshots were verified by neighbors however no evidence of shots being fired was located.

One of the residents refused to permit officers to fully process the scene. Both claimed they did not know any of the intruders, the reason why they forced their way into the residence or what the group was looking for.

Incident 2

At around 1:29 hrs. am, officers responded to the Speedway located at 300 Maple Ave for a report of a large disturbance involving weapons. Several gunshots were being reported.

Officers did locate several individuals in the parking lot area of the gas station. One male was observed to flee the scene upon the officer’s arrival.

An investigation revealed that the disturbance originated in the 300 block of Catherine Street where a vehicle was damaged by an unknown instrument.

The altercations were found to be the result of a $15 debt collection attempt. Officers did locate and secure a green aluminum baseball bat and a homemade metal spear. No evidence of gunfire was observed and no arrests were made.

Incident 3

At around 2:56 a.m. officers responded to the area of Partridge Street and Broadway Ave for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, no evidence of gunplay was observed.

Anyone with information about one or more of these incidents is requested to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.

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