- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Police are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man early Monday, the culmination of a violent holiday weekend that left 10 others wounded by gunfire.

Rayquell Jones, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene on the city’s southwest side. Ten other people were shot in less than 24 hours over the Fourth of July weekend, police said.

The violence began Saturday evening when three people were shot during a holiday gathering at Thornden Park, which abuts the Syracuse University campus. A 20-year-old man was shot in the head and was in critical condition, police said.

An 18-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy also were shot in the attack. They had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Witnesses told The Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/1HaND9w ) that families fled for cover, leaving behind piles of food, picnic blankets and baby strollers.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy a short while later. He was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center, police said.

Also on Saturday night, a gunman opened fire on a crowd watching fireworks in the same neighborhood where Jones died, and four people were struck by bullets. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, police said.

The violence resumed early Sunday when a 29-year-old man was shot in the back, buttocks and legs just east of the Syracuse University campus. The victim was in stable condition at a hospital, police said.

Two men sitting on the front stoop of a vacant home were shot Sunday afternoon when a red SUV pulled up and several shots were fired from the vehicle, police said. Both men, in their 20s, are expected to survive.

Syracuse police said there was nothing to indicate the shootings were connected.


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