Troopers Investigate Town Of Pamelia ShootingPosted: Updated:
A 20 year old man was shot in the town of Pamelia early Thursday morning and later died from his wounds.
State police Capt. Mark Lincoln told 7 News Tyler Johnson died at Upstate University Hospital around 3:30 a.m.
State police are calling the death a homicide.
He said Johnson was still alive when the 911 call came in shortly after 1 a.m.
At left is a 2014 profile picture from Johnson's Facebook page.
It happened at 28764 State Route 37, Lincoln said, where Johnson was a "recent resident." The home is just south of the intersection known as Pamelia Four Corners.
According to police, Johnson was found in a bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound. He was airlifted to SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse where he died.
State police said they believe the suspect or suspects knew Johnson and that he was the intended target of the shooting.
That section of the highway was closed for about six hours. State police dogs were called in and were seen sniffing around the area on both sides of the road.
The investigation is continuing and Lincoln said "we have a large group of individuals that we are interested in speaking with."
Lincoln said "there is the potential that there was more than one perpetrator involved in this event."
Lincoln said police don't believe the public is in danger, calling it a "targeted event."
"It was clearly an incident that was directed at this residence and this victim," he said, "not the public at large."
So far, no possible motive has been revealed.
At the top of Johnson's Facebook page is a photo of the gravesite of Nichalas VanZelf, who was murdered in his Watertown apartment in late 2015.
Three people were eventually convicted.
Lincoln said a forensic team will likely be at the scene all day Thursday and maybe part of the day Friday. That's as investigators follow up on "dozens, maybe hundreds of leads"
He said anyone with information about Johnson or "his potential associates" can call police at 315-366-6000.