Search for shooting suspects spurs campus alerts

SU campus placed on lockdown for two hours as police searched area near Oakwood Cemetery.

Two people were shot Wednesday night on Hope Avenue in Syracuse's South Side, leaving one dead and prompting a search for suspects in Oakwood Cemetery.

According to, police officials said suspects fired shots at detectives pursuing them, and that suspects fled into the cemetery in Syracuse University's South Campus.

An Orange Alert went out urging the campus community to "stay in doors" and not "let anyone in" shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Two follow-up alerts encouraged students still in class to remain in academic buildings until the alert was lifted and advised students not to call DPS unless to report an emergency or suspicious activity.

An alert saying normal campus activities could resume was issued at 10:30 p.m. and the Oakwood Cemetary search was called off, but students were still urged to report any suspicious activity to police.

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