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2 men walk up, open fire on detective sitting in unmarked car in upstate New York

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A massive manhunt is underway in upstate New York on Monday after police said two armed males wearing dark clothing walked up to an unmarked police cruiser and opened fire injuring a sheriff’s detective.

The on-duty, undercover detective was sitting in his unmarked vehicle in a parking lot on the north side of an apartment complex Monday when two unknown male suspects approached him and began firing at his vehicle, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jon Seeber told Syracuse.com.

“When you have two figures walking up to your car and it’s dark out, it’s hard to make out the suspects,” Seeber said. “The incident was very quick.”

Seeber said the detective, whose name is not being immediately released, was alone in the vehicle at the time. According to the Syracuse.com story, a 911 dispatcher said the unidentified detective called for help and said he had been shot at about 10 times.

The detective was transported to University Hospital in Syracuse with injuries from the shattered glass.

According to a story on CNYCENTRAL.COM, this is not the first shooting that has occurred near Springfield Garden Apartments. At the end of September in 2016, a Syracuse University student was shot and killed behind the apartments.

Police say they’re continuing the manhunt and still investigating the shooting. After the shooting, dozens of police officers scoured the area around the apartment complex in search for the suspects, who were last seen running through the parking lot.

“We’re still investigating,” Seeber said. “No one has been taken into custody.”

Authorities are asking residents to stay inside while the search was underway.

Nearby LeMoyne College is also warning students to avoid the area, but the campus isn’t on lock down.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call detectives at 315-435-3081 or send an anonymous tip via text to Tip 411.

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