Syracuse Police tie together two murders in the city, including one that took place late last month. As our Kat De Maria tells us, one killing was apparently payback for another murder last year.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Although his arrest would not come for weeks, Syracuse police say they have suspected since the beginning that 19-year-old Demetrius Hackett as the one who shot 33-year-old Chance Gathers in the back, killing him.
The shooting happened on Kenmore Avenue on March 23rd and police say they also have an idea why.
"It appears the shooting was in retaliation for a homicide that occurred last year where the victim Pierre Hackett was shot," said Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.
Pierre Hackett was Demetrius Hackett's brother.
Police say he was walking down Merriman Avenue with some others, including children, August 1st, when he was shot and killed. Days earlier, the Hacketts' cousin, Leroy Hackett, was injured in another shooting.
Pierre Hackett was 23 when he died.
Following the shooting, SWAT team members blocked off the area surrounding a home on Grace Street to look for a possible suspect there. One suspect in that case is Chance Gathers.
Fowler said, "Mr. Gathers' name did come up as a possible suspect and we're still actually following up on that investigation to see if we can bring closure to it."
Syracuse Police don't always have the luxury of the community's cooperation with cases like these. But they say this time, they did.
“You had a citizen performing CPR on the victim when he was shot. We had multiple sources of information who called into the criminal investigations division, multiple leads that indicated who our suspect in this murder was," Fowler said.
Police say they have been looking for Demetrius Hackett and even were told he would turn himself in to them. Officers finally caught up with Hackett and arrested him Monday.
Demetrius Hackett has been charged with second degree murder and weapons possession in Chance Gathers' death.