Up to 7 people shot, including children, in Syracuse, New York

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Police and other emergency services in New York are investigating a mass shooting near Kirk Park in Syracuse, officials and witnesses say. Up to 7 people are believed to have been shot.

The incident happened at about 9 p.m. ET on Thursday when officers were called to reports of shots being fired in the 1300 block of Midland Avenue, which is a residential area near Kirk Park.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a large crowd of people and located several injured persons suffering from apparent gunshot wounds,” a police spokesman said. “Officers at the scene requested additional ambulances and officers responded to the scene.”

The victims were taken Upstate University Hospital for treatment, but the spokesman was unable to confirm the exact number of victims. The Syracuse firefighters union says 7 people were shot, including children.

Spectrum News reported that the shooting happened when a family was gathered at the location to celebrate the life of a relative who died of cancer. Other details were not immediately known.

“It is very early in this investigation. Specific information, including ages, the number of people injured and the severity of their injuries, will be released when it becomes available,” police said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 442-5222. Anonymous information may also be submitted through the department’s app or website.

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