Teen found with defaced gun after shots fired call

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Police went to the 100 block of Conan Street just before 10 p.m. on March 3 for a shots fired call.

They were alerted to the call via their ShotSpotter app.

At the scene, two Syracuse Police officers talked with witnesses who told them they saw two males in dark clothing running from the scene.

There were also numerous casings found on the ground. Police say it damaged a car parked outside of a home.

The two officers, Neugebauer and Barnes, went to Van Duyn Elementary School to relocate. When they got there Officer Neugebauer saw two people on the school grounds.

Syracuse Police say when the two saw the marked police car, they ran in the opposite direction.

The officers then chased the two until one of them “listened to the officer’s commands and laid on his stomach on the ground,” said SPD.

The male, a 15-year-old was arrested and found in possession of a green semi-automatic handgun of an unknown make and model. The firearm also had a defaced serial number. It had one 9mm round in the chamber, and three more rounds in the magazine.

The 15-year-old was charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon ​in the Third Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds

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