Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – According to city police, a man shot and killed on Monday morning on Merriman Street is related to a man who arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds Sunday evening.
23-year-old Pierre Hackett was shot on the city’s Near West Side and was later pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. He was walking with children, none of whom were injured during the incident.
On Sunday, 31-year-old Leroy Hacket, Pierre Hackett's relative, arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He told police he was shot on Syracuse's South Side.
Police did not know precisely how the two are related. They are investigating whether the two victims were targeted.
Police said earlier on Monday that they believe Pierre Hackett’s shooting was not random.
Police identify victim in deadly Merriman Avenue shooting
Aug. 1, 2011
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police have identified the man who was shot and killed on the city’s Near West Side Monday morning as 23-year-old Pierre Hackett of Lydell Avenue. Hackett died as a result of gunshot wounds he received around 11:45 a.m. on the 100 block of Merriman Avenue.
He was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he later died.
No one else was injured during the shooting, including another individual and children who police say were walking with Hackett.
Shortly after the homicide, a witness reported seeing a man with a gun run into a home in the 200 block of Grace Street. Police deployed a SWAT team, blocked off streets and surrounded the home for several hours. Shortly after 4:00 this afternoon, SWAT team members made entry and searched the home. No one was inside. Syracuse Police say this was not a random shooting. Investigators believe either the victim, or the man who was with him, was the intended target. Anyone with information, should call police at (315) 442-5222.