Police are investigating several reports of gunfire that happened last night in the City of Elmira.
The first report came in at around 1:17 am. Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Balsam Street for a report of a home invasion with shots being fired. Upon arrival the two adult male residents advised that a group of black men wearing hoodies forced their way into their apartment and began looking around the apartment. The intruders grabbed a backpack from one of the residents and then fled. Two to three gunshots were heard as the group left the apartment. The gunshots were verified by neighbors however police say no evidence of shots being fired was located. One of the residents refused to permit officers to fully process the scene. Both claimed they did not know any of the intruders, the reason why they forced their way into the residence or what the group was looking for.
Then at around 1:29 am, police responded to the Speedway located at 300 Maple Ave for a report of a large disturbance involving weapons and several gunshots reported. Officers located several individuals in the parking lot area of the gas station. One man fled the scene when police arrived. The investigation revealed that the disturbance originated in the 300 block of Catherine Street where a vehicle was damaged by an unknown instrument. The altercations(s) were found to be the result of a $15 debt collection attempt. Officers located and secured a green aluminum baseball bat and a homemade metal spear. No evidence of gunfire was observed and no arrests were made. EPD was assisted by the New York State Police, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmira Heights Police Department and the Horseheads Police Department.
At 2:56 am officers responded to the area of Partridge Street and Broadway Ave for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, no evidence of gun play was observed.
Anyone with information about one or more of these incidents is requested to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.