Sodus schools to resume classes on Wednesday as search continues for shooting suspect

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UPDATE (3 p.m.): Deputies say Sodus schools will resume classes Wednesday as search efforts continue for the person responsible for a shooting Monday afternoon.

At the same time, investigators say search efforts are being scaled back as the area near the shooting has been cleared. There will, however, be an ongoing police presence in the village near the crime scene and at school..


Law enforcement officers are continuing to scour Sodus as the search for the suspect in a deadly double shooting is still on the loose.

Tuesday morning, deputies identified the victims as 28-year-old Joshua Niles and 24-year-old Amber Washburn.

Just after 2 p.m. Monday, deputies say the man opened fire outside a home on Carlton Street, killing Niles and Washburn.

Investigators said the man, described only as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a green hat, was last seen headed west from the crime scene.

Monday night, deputies said very little was known about the suspect, his motive or his relationship, if any, to the victims. However, Tuesday morning deputies said they didn’t believe the shooting was a random act. “We believe these people were targeted and the general public is not at risk,” deputies wrote.

While the suspect has not been found, deputies say they have been able to clear many locations and searchers are now outside “the area of scrutiny.”

Sodus schools are closed Tuesday as a precaution while search efforts are still underway. Deputies say, “Deputies are in close communication with the Superintendent and have reached out to the Williamson Schools to answer questions presented by concerned parents.”

Addressing rumors that a child was nearby when shots rang out, deputies said they will not disclose further information on that subject, but disclosed there are “children in the family and they are being cared for by relatives.”

A witness to the shooting tells News 8 that a three-month-old baby was inside the vehicle Washburn was shot in. The baby thankfully appeared to be unharmed by the shooting, he says.

Deputies are urging village residents to be vigilant and keep and eye out for anything suspicious. If you notice anything that seems strange, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at 315-946-9711.

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