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Homicide investigation underway in Tompkins County

The Ithaca Police Department reports that they were assisted by multiple agencies after a homicide during the evening hours on Wednesday.

It happened in the 500 block of West State Street in the city of Ithaca around 10:30 p.m.

Officers responded to a call for shots fired in that area of West Green Street, and a victim was located with an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim was identified as 45-year-old John Ray Lawton, of Ithaca.


Police say next of kin was notified and that a homicide investigation is underway.

No additional information was immediately available, but police ask for anyone with information that could help in the investigation to call (607) 272-9973.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cornell University Police Department, and New York State Police BCI all assisted.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is obtained.



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