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Officer Jamie Williamson told The Sun that the stabbing “appears to be a completely random act of violence.”

October 26, 2018

19-Year-Old Man Shot on Ithaca Commons Following Altercation, Police Say

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This story has been updated with details about the victim.

A 19-year-old man was shot on the Commons in the early morning hours Friday after an altercation that began in Casablanca Pizzeria and continued after those involved exited the building, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

The man was identified as an Ithaca College student in an email sent to students and faculty on Friday evening from Rosanna Ferro, vice president of student affairs and campus life at I.C. Citing privacy concerns, the student’s identity has not yet been released.

The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from a nearby hospital, according to Ferro.

Police responded to the west end of the commons at 1:23 a.m. following reports that a shooting had just occurred. There they found the male victim shot in the chest, police said.

Adil Griguihi, the owner of Casablanca, disputed in a phone call with The Sun that any altercation took place inside the restaurant Friday morning.

“There was no argument inside the pizzeria, and I have the camera footage to prove that,” Griguihi said, although he has not provided the footage to The Sun.

The suspects fled the scene, police said. They described one of the people involved in the shooting as a white man wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

In April 2017, a man survived being shot 5 times outside of Silky Jones on the Commons following an altercation with Yazek Cornett, a 22 year-old Ithaca man.

The preceding year logged the most violent crime in Ithaca since 2009. In 2016, police responded to 72 violent crimes, including the fatal stabbing of Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire on Cornell’s campus.

The Ithaca Police Department urged anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators at the tip line, 607-330-0000.