A teenager was killed and another injured in a shooting near Syracuse University in New York state Wednesday night, authorities said. An investigation was underway into the incident as police launched a manhunt for at least two suspects.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said that two suspects dumped their cars and fled inside a cemetery, according to local reports. Authorities reportedly said that the suspects fired at officers after they responded to a complaint at the scene. Police searched Oakwood Cemetery, which borders the private university.
Officers arrived at the scene after receiving calls of gun activity on Hope Avenue, George Hack, a Syracuse Police detective, told Reuters, adding that he does not know how many suspects were involved in the shooting.
“The suspects of this crime were seen near Oakwood Cemetery, prompting the university to take a number of steps to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors,” the university wrote in a statement.
While the incident did not happen on campus, the university urged everyone on and around the campus to “remain indoors to allow Syracuse Police to search and ultimately clear the area.”
The university, which has around 21,500 students, later lifted the emergency alert.
Orange Alert: The emergency no longer exists. It is clear to resume normal activity. Continue to be diligent and report suspicious activity.
— Syracuse University (@SyracuseU) October 15, 2015