Update: Utica Police have identified the victim of this shooting as 17-year-old Tayvion Carter. In a statement issued on Friday, the Utica Police Department implores the public to provide any information they may have.
The statement emphasizes the urgent need to address youth gun violence, stating, “We have heard repeatedly over the last few weeks, with these two juvenile homicides, that youth gun violence has to end.
Coming together as a community is a necessity; however, holding those accountable for these senseless acts should also be as high a priority.”
The statement alludes to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old less than 10 days before Carter’s tragic death.
If you possess information related to this case, kindly reach out to the Utica Police Major Crimes Unit at (315) 223-3556. Alternatively, you can submit a completely anonymous tip online via Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers, or by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), or by utilizing the P3 Tips mobile app.
A 16-year-old Utica resident has succumbed to a gunshot wound to the head, according to Utica Police. The incident occurred on January 17 around 9:30 p.m. in the 110 block of Smith Place.
Emergency crews discovered the male in the roadway, injured, and promptly transported him to Wynn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities are seeking information about the shooter and urge anyone with surveillance footage in the Upper East Utica and Cornhill area to review their systems.
If any pertinent information is captured, they are encouraged to contact the Utica Police Department Major Crimes Unit at the provided number.