Syracuse police continue to investigate a shooting that sent a 15 and 17-year-old, one with critical injuries, to the hospital. As our Katie Gibas reports, police said it could be gang-related.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse police continue to investigate a shooting that sent 15-year-old Ronnie Daniels and Lamyke Kelly, 17, to Upstate University Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
It started around two p.m. on the 300 block of Furman Street on Syracuse's Southside.
It's a scene becoming all too familiar in Syracuse. Two teenagers are sent to the hospital, one with critical injuries after a shooting on the Southside.
"These young men out here with these guns have to have a change of heart. If their heart's not changed, it's not going to stop. It's going to get worse," said Jimmie Smiley, a pastor at the New Birth Fellowship Ministries.
Police say it all started when a car pulled into driveway on Furman Street and an SUV moved in behind it and started shooting, hitting two of the teenagers in the car. Police believe the incident could have gang ties.
"The car was obviously targeted. This is not a random shooting. Whoever was shooting as this car was shooting at that particular car for a reason. We don't know what the motive is at this point, but we don't believe there is anything random about this shooting," said Syracuse Police Sergeant Tom Connellan.
After the shooting, the SUV took off down Furman Street, with the car in pursuit. The car ran through red light at Salina and Castle Streets and was hit by a van driving down Salina, which caused the driver to lose control.
The chase ended here at Castle Street after the vehicle ran into a utility pole. And police say things could have turned out very differently if not for the help of two alert bystanders.
"The driver of that car then bailed out of the vehicle and ran, leaving a victim in the back seat. A citizen jumped in the car and actually stopped the car and another citizen was able to stop the driver of that car. So we do have that driver. This guy did a really nice job of stopping the car so it didn't careen down the road and strike someone else," said Connellan.
Police and community members agree something needs to be done to stop the violence.
"The hearts of these young men have to be changed. And the only one who can change it is Jesus. And I know we downplay Jesus, but we've tried everything else. We held 'Stop the Violence' rallies and they shoot at stop the violence rallies. We've been there. What is it going to take to see this stuff subside?" said Smiley.
Ronnie Daniels, 15, is currently in critical condition at Upstate. Police say Lamyke Kelly is expected to recover from non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is on-going.
Syracuse police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call investigators at (315) 442-5222.