Binghamton Police Investigate Homicide

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A shooting rattles Binghamton's Southside Wednesday Morning, leaving one man dead.

Police say 33 year old Darnell Fields was shot to death outside his Binghamton apartment.

A bouquet of flowers seeks to distract from the blood stains in the first floor foyer.

But many questions still remain unanswered.

Why was he shot?

And was there a motive?

The piercing sound of gun shots that erupted in the middle of the night here at Webster Court in Binghamton is now masked by silence.

Friends and family members of Darnell Fields have no words to describe the scene that took place inside this building.

Police say just before 12:30 Wednesday morning, the 33 year old was shot multiple time in the middle of the hallway.

"We were sitting in my son's room and then we heard gun shots. 8 gun shots. And we all ran outside and we saw the sister come out, and she's like "someone had to see it. Someone had to see it." And then that was it," said neighbor Wendy Tonkin.

Fields was pronounced dead at Wilson Hospital.

Binghamton Detectives are now searching for a suspect described only as a tall black male.

A K-9 Unit was on scene sniffing for any evidence that may have been left behind.

"This is the initial stages of a major investigation. We're just getting everything together. We do have several leads we're following up on. And even if I knew I wouldn't tell you, but at this point it's too early to say," said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

Zikuski says Fields has a long history of arrests.

His was first arrested in Broome County back in 1997 for dealing drugs.

Detectives say his wrap sheet may provide leads to help solve his murder.

In the newsroom, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

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