OSWEGO — Authorities are continuing to investigate a shooting in the city of Oswego on Friday afternoon with a 58-year-old male in custody and no further danger to the public, police said.
At approximately 1:43 p.m. Friday, Oswego Police Department (OPD) responded to the scene along East Utica Street between East 10th Street and Duer Street.
Upon arrival, police said they found both a 34-year-old male victim and their suspect; the victim had an "apparent gunshot wound" to the abdomen and was transported to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.
OPD identified the suspected shooter only as a 58-year-old male and said he was taken to Oswego Hospital for evaluation. He was released Friday afternoon and is being held at OPD as the investigation continues.
Neither the suspected shooter nor the victim have been identified by authorities as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that the two males did not know each other prior to this incident, which reportedly began as a traffic-related dispute and escalated into a physical confrontation. The victim was struck by a bullet was at least once in the abdomen, police said.
Nearly a dozen law enforcement vehicles lined Utica Street in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, with crime scene tape cordoning off multiple city blocks. A white Honda sedan and black Honda CR-V — reportedly the vehicles of the shooter and victim — were visible within the police-erected boundaries.
Multiple people near the scene reported hearing somewhere between three and five gunshots. Five shell casings strewn across the street were flagged with evidence markers.
Three people near the scene describing themselves as "close friends" of the alleged shooting victim spoke with The Palladium-Times as police scoured the scene of the crime and gathered evidence.
"He got shot," one of the two males said, who requested his name not be used. "He shot him. I don't know if he cut [the victim] off down the road. Maybe he had words with this dude, and he popped out."
"We don't know what happened, all we know is he got shot," said a female witness and reported friend of the victim. "I just don't understand. He wasn't that type of dude. He was a chill dude. All I know is police are everywhere, questioning everybody. All I know is [victim's name] got shot."
A different female sat in a black Jeep and talked to officers. She identified herself to Palladium-Times reporters as the victim's girlfriend but declined to give any specific comment.
"I don't even know what to do right now," she said shortly after the incident.
Reporters from The Palladium-Times spoke to several others nearby homeowners who attested to hearing three to five shots. One witness said police were "all over" the street scant minutes after the gunshots.
"My wife heard the gun shots and I came over to see," said one Oswego man driving by in his car. "We live on Eighth Street, and heard them from there."
"It sounded like someone was banging on my back window," said a different Oswego man who lives near the scene.
The man and a woman he was with said they'd lived at the location for 30 to 40 years, and had never seen anything like this before.
As of 7:15 p.m. Friday, OPD said it had cleared the scene and the cordoned off section of road has been reopened.
Anyone with information regarding the incident has been asked to contact Oswego Police Department at 315-343-1212.