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    Outside a Syracuse anti-gun-violence concert, shots ring out

    Outside a Syracuse anti-gun-violence concert, shots ring out

    SYRACUSE, N.Y-- Westcott Theater concertgoers attending an event against gun violence spilled out into the streets around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, and gunshots echoed down the high-pedestrian-traffic Westcott Street minutes later.

    That's according to police and witnesses, including restaurant and bar employees who said they ducked for cover as at least seven gunshots were fired. One 29-year-old man was shot in the left foot, police said, and an SUV was struck while parked on the street.

    The shooting victim is expected to survive but did not provide suspect information to police. Police said they arrived at 1:58 a.m. on the 500 block of Westcott Street, where the theater is, in response to the shooting, and found the victim and a large crowd there.

    The event Saturday night was called "Rep Our City: For Gun Violence Awareness" and featured local DJs and several community anti-violence activists, including Timothy "Noble" Jennings-Bey of the Trauma Response Team, Ed Mitchell of Project A.N.G.E.L. and Lepa Jones of Mothers Against Gun Violence.

    Event organizer Raquan Pride said the speakers spoke briefly but that the event was in honor of "National Gun Violence Awareness Day." In a brief interview, he said organizers had some concerns about the way safety is or is not ensured after this and other concerts in Syracuse and said he'd have more time to discuss his concerns later this evening.

    Witness Mark McGuirk said he saw a group of about 40 people in a crowd in an argument, and a couple of them were shoved near the parking lot of Dorian's pizza restaurant, where he works. A group of people then left to their cars and returned, and that's when he heard the gunshots.

    "I saw a lot of people get on the ground," he said. "I was one of the people who took off when I heard the shots."

    He said he believed the shooter fired from a vehicle, possibly a blue sedan.

    Another witness, Tyler Allen, said he and fellow Alto Cinco employees heard a gunshot that they mistook for a quirky Westcott Street regular who, for some reason, walks around cracking a whip. When they heard a bigger bang and saw people running outside the window, they looked for cover. Some employees ran downstairs and others ducked behind the bar, he said.

    He said he heard seven or eight gunshots, the third being the loudest, as a possible shooter in a vehicle along the street. He took a picture of a bullet hole in a black SUV that was possibly struck as the shooter's vehicle headed north on Westcott.

    Police arrived in minutes, he said.

    The as-billed event speakers -- Jennings-Bey, Mitchell and Jones -- could not be reached for comment, and neither could theater owner Dan Mastronardi.

    Johanna Yorke, owner of Alto Cinco, said business owners and employees have dealt with chaos and violence following Westcott Theater shows in the past, but the solution to the problem is unclear. Most shows go smoothly and provide business and night-life to the street, she said.

    On one hand, she said, the possibility of illegal activity "brings an extra level of burden to everyone" along Westcott Street, but she said she recognizes the value of an anti-gun-violence show and other community-building events that can take place at the venue.

    "The guys from the theater wants to promote activities for the whole community," she said. "...It's also nice to see a lot of people out."
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        A quirky local fellow who cracks a whip on the street ??????????????????????maybe they were celebrating gun violence awareness day in there own special way,,,,, by letting off a few rounds


          Well now they are aware of gun violence first hand


            It was the guns fault of course. They somehow always seem to turn "good boys" into homicidal maniacs
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              No worries, these asshats will find a way to blame legitimate gun owners for the shots fired. Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the criminals in the area.
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