Central New York, Crime, Syracuse

No Alert Sent Out in Midland Shooting, DPS Assistant Chief Cites No Threat to SU

By Jack Watson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (N.C.C. NEWS) On Midland Avenue the evening of Thursday, September 20, minutes from Syracuse University’s South Campus complex, at least 12 shots were reportedly fired, and five people were injured, including an eight-year-old child. The suspects still have not been apprehended by police.

The city of Syracuse is still reacting to the shooting, with a prayer vigil held over the weekend and more reports this week revealing the ages of the shooting victims.

“Obviously, being a member of this community, I am concerned that I, or my friends, may be next,” says Gary Nieman, a researcher at Upstate University Hospital, where the shooting victims were treated.

The site of the shooting is just over 2 miles from the Lampe Athletics Complex, where professors and students park. Midland Avenue is also close to campus housing, like the South Campus apartments and the private University Village apartments.

Through the school’s Orange Alert system, the school has the ability to directly alert students and staff of an active threat to the school.

“Our officers were alerted to this event, they took note of it,” said John Sardino, assistant chief  for the Syracuse Department of Public Safety, SU’s private police force. “Had the police thought in any way that that event was somehow related to SU or (was) going to impact SU in any immediate situation, we would’ve alerted our community.

Sardino said, for several reasons, the shooting didn’t warrant an alert from DPS. “There was no thought based on that crime that the next target would be Syracuse University.”

The suspects of the Midland Avenue shooting are still at large, and Chief Sardino said there are measures in place to ensure student safety.