Authorities seek suspect after report of gunfire near Cornell University campus

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:27 PM EST
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ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Law enforcement agencies in Tompkins County have released a joint news release regarding the situation in Ithaca, N.Y. that prompted Cornell University to mandate a “shelter in place” order for its North Campus.

According to a news release from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cayuga Heights Police and Ithaca Police Department, authorities are seeking a suspect following shots fired incident that occurred in the area.

Authorities said it is believed two groups of people were involved in a shootout.

Police had chased one of the groups until they came to a stop in the front yard of a residence. They said one suspect was apprehended but two others who left the vehicle took off.

Since, authorities say Ithaca Police have apprehended a second suspect without incident but they are currently looking for a third suspect who is still at large as of 4 p.m.

Law enforcement noted that residents in the village have been asked to stay inside until the search concludes. They said the suspects in the second group involved in the shots fired incident have not been identified.


ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Cornell University has issued a “Shelter in Place” order for its North Campus.

According to the University, local police are pursuing a man with a gun in Cayuga Heights located to the north of campus.

The alert comes two days after the University alerted students to a bomb threat made at the campus. Cornell University was one of a few Ivy League schools that had received those threats.

Columbia University, Brown University and Yale University had also received threats last week and had ordered evacuations for parts of their campuses.

12 News reached out to the Ithaca Police Department for information and is waiting for a callback.