SYRACUSE — Syracuse police have arrested a 21-year-old man believed to have shot another man at Destiny USA mall in the midst of Black Friday shoppers.
At a news conference Saturday morning, police said after observing evidence from video surveillance, the suspect, Kyree Truax, was arrested. He was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said an emergency call went out at 7:07 p.m. Friday about shots fired in the food court, with police on the scene shortly after.
The suspect managed to flee the mall, but was described to police by shoppers who had witnessed the incident. Police say they apprehended him near a tree lighting ceremony in Clinton Square after the vehicle he was operating collided with a city bus.
“I think we have shown through our behavior that we can do an effective job of addressing these kinds of issues,” Chief Buckner said during the news conference.
“I think it’s impossible to predict everything, but given our response to what occurred yesterday, I think that we’ve shown that we’re more than prepared to address these kinds of issues,” he said.
According to Chief Buckner, this is not believed to have been a random act.
The victim, who he described as appearing to also be in his 20s, was taken to Upstate Medical University for treatment of non-life threatening injuries to his leg.