Meg Gordon / Sun Staff Writer

April 9, 2017

Man Shot on Ithaca Commons After Suspect Fires Into Crowd

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This post has been updated.

One man was injured after shots were fired on the Ithaca Commons on Sunday morning, police said.Snapchat-264760984

The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in front of the bar Silky Jones.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 announced via Facebook a few hours after the shooting that “thanks to incredible work by the Ithaca Police Department” the suspect was caught within 10 minutes of the shooting.

The suspect, identified Sunday evening as Yakez Cornett, is being charged with attempted murder, assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, according to Ithaca Police.

The suspect allegedly shot several times into the crowd, injuring one man, a witness near the scene told The Sun. The witness said the injured man was taken away on a stretcher. The victim is in serious but stable condition, according to Myrick.

Police used yellow crime scene tape to close off a large portion of the Commons. Ithaca Police, New York State Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene.

The Ithaca Voice cited a witness saying a man fired a gun at another man after an argument before running away from the Commons. The victim was airlifted to a hospital, The Voice reported.