Witness says baby was in car when Sodus shooting victims were killed

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The man who witnessed the deadly double shooting of a couple in Sodus says a baby was in the same car as one of the victims was shot Monday.

Anthony Mancine says he had just returned home when shots rang out on Carlton Street just after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

“[The suspect] turned and shot the girl in the car,” said Mancine. “Boom boom boom… and the car came rolling out… The person who shot had to empty the gun into the other guy and then took off running.”

Deputies said Tuesday that 28-year-old Joshua Niles and 24-year-old Amber Washburn were killed by the gunfire. Even more tragic, Mancine says a three-month-old baby was in the vehicle with Washburn when the suspect opened fire.

“She must have been trying to get out of there when the person turned and shot because I think they knew the person,” said Mancine. “And [the suspect] didn’t want to leave any witnesses.”

Investigators did not confirm whether the child was in the car or not, but did say there were children in the family that are being cared for by relatives.

Deputies say the suspect, who is described only as wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and green hat, ran west from the crime scene. Crews searched through the night, looking for the suspect. Despite the limited information on the suspect, deputies say they believe the shooting was a targeted attack.

Sodus schools were closed Tuesday as a precaution due to the investigation.

Anyone who sees anything strange is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 315-946-9711.

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