- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 22-year-old Syracuse man has been charged in connection with a bar shooting early Sunday on the city’s west side that injured five people.

Michael Morris, who was released from prison in December after serving a five-year sentence for stealing a handgun, is facing charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says the shooting occurred after Morris ordered his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint to bring him to a tavern where her family was celebrating a birthday party. Morris then opened fire on the bar, striking five people, including his ex-girlfriend’s brother.

Police say two victims are in critical condition and another is serious. All are expected to survive.

Morris is being held at Onondaga County Justice Center pending arraignment.

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