Man shot to death in apparent Elmira home invasion robbery
A 29-year-old Elmira man was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery Monday morning on the city's Eastside, police said.
Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a gunshot report in the 600 block of Taylor Street, and found a man inside a residence suffering from at least one wound.
Emergency medical personnel attempted life-saving procedures, but the man died at the scene, said police, who are waiting to notify next of kin before releasing the victim's identity.
A 20-year-old female and her two-month-old infant daughter were present at the time of the shooting, but both escaped injury, police said.
Investigators believe the death is the result of a home invasion robbery, and that it was not related to another reported home invasion Sunday afternoon on Elmira's Southside in which the two suspects were shot by an occupant, according to police.
Police believe there were two suspects involved in the invasion, and that it was not a random act, but that they knew the victim.
One of the suspects demanded money while in the residence, according to Deputy Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz.
One of the suspects stole the victim's car from the Taylor Street residence and drove away from the scene. The car was later spotted by a police officer and stopped on Alexander Place, but the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, according to Alvernaz.
A New York State Police K-9 unit was called in to assist in the search, but the suspect was not located, Alvernaz said.
Police know the type of weapon that was used to shoot the victim but aren't releasing that information at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Several items were also stolen from the residence, but police aren't releasing details about what was taken, Alvernaz said.
In addition to New York State Police, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and Horseheads, West Elmira, and Elmira Heights police departments assisted in the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Elmira Police Department at 607-737-5626, or the anonymous tip line at 607-271-HALT.