An arrest has been made in a robbery and shooting that left a 77-year-old man hospitalized. YNN's Bill Carey says police say they are piecing together clues tied to two different cases on Wednesday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's police chief says it was a lightning fast crime spree that began Wednesday night at about 6:45. The first targets were two women on Taft Avenue on Syracuse's northside.
Syracuse Police Chief, Frank Fowler said, "They were approached by three unidentified black males, two of which displayed handguns, and demanded that the victims drop their purses. The three men ran away."
It was less than a half an hour later when police were called to another northside location. This time a liquor store on North Salina Street. 2 men had entered the store, one had fired a shot striking the owner, 77-year-old Thomas Dotterer in the eye. Dotterer, the long time coach of the Christian Brothers Academy baseball team, is expected to survive.
It was shortly after the robbery at the liquor store that witnesses told police about a car they saw near the store. That car was stopped a short distance away. A female driver has not been charged, but police say one other person in the car, Deoz Miller Harris, 18 is not tied to the liquor store shooting but was identified as one of the suspects in the Taft Avenue case.
By Friday morning, police had made another arrest. Shireff Williams III, 19, was in custody, charged with robbery and assault. Investigators say he was involved in both holdups. That still leaves one gunman from the liquor store robbery and shooting at large.
Fowler said, "This investigation is continuing. We have a lot of work to do."
Chief Fowler is crediting good police work and the help of witnesses in helping to bring the quick arrests.
Fowler said, "Collectively, we're not going to tolerate this. Collectively, we will stand together and let those who have decided to commit this type of crime in our city, collectively, we're going to let you know that you picked the wrong place, at the wrong time and we're simply not going to tolerate this."
He's hoping more witnesses will now come forward. If you have information that could help police, you're asked to call detectives at 315-442-5222.