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EPD looking for help investigating two shootings

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Elmira Police are tasked with yet another set of difficult investigations after not one but two shootings took place in the city over the weekend. 

The first happened at Keefe's Tavern on South Main and West Miller Street. The second took place on West Washington Avenue and Johnson Street about 20 minutes later.

Police said there were plenty of witnesses, but few of them are willing to talk.
  
"We're not magic, we need the public's help," Sergeant William Solt said.

Sgt. Solt said an EPD officer was patrolling the area in front of Keefe's when shots rang out just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
  
"He heard at least six gunshots," Solt said.

Two men were treated for gunshot wounds at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and have since been released. Solt said they were not willing to cooperate in the investigation.

One man caught attempting to flee the scene was detained and interviewed. He was found to be unarmed.

Less than a half hour later more shots rang out; this time in the 400 block of West Washington Ave.

"They found numerous shell casings in the road, more than five," Solt said. "They did locate two different residences that were struck by bullets."

Neighbors who live in the area said this is the third time within a week that the house on the corner of Washington and Johnson has been shot at. Witnesses at that scene told police they saw a white, newer model, 4-door sedan traveling south on Johnson Street without headlights after shots were fired.

At this point, police don't have any information to suggest the two shootings were related. On Monday community members voicing their frustrations via Facebook, writing comments like: 'This is getting ridiculous,' 'Another reason to stay out of the city' and 'Let me guess, nobody saw anything...'
   
"It's very frustrating to us and for the general public that wants to live in a safe neighborhood, that wants to feel safe and secure in their homes," Solt said.

Solt said witnesses who choose not to cooperate are in effect enabling more violence.
  
"Because you're not helping us apprehend those responsible for the violence in our neighborhoods," he said.

No suspects have been named yet, stay with 18 News for updates as police continue their investigations.

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call Elmira Police at (607) 737-5626 or the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.


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