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Technology used to stop Fresno shooting spree headed to Central New York

April 19, 2017
LocalSYR: Syracuse

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Police in Fresno, California credit technology with bringing a quick stop to a shooting spree that killed three people.

Kori Ali Muhammad is accused of killing three men in the same block, in a matter of minutes. Almost as quickly, he was spotted by police, tackled and arrested.

Police had a general idea where Muhammad was immediately after the shooting, thanks to ShotSpotter.

ShotSpotter is technology, a series of sensors installed on tall buildings and telephone poles, that can detect the sound of gunfire. When shots are fired, police are notified immediately with a precise location.

Syracuse Police will install the sensors for a three-mile radius this year. Funding is part of Mayor Stephanie Miner's budget, approved by the Common Council.

A spokesperson for Syracuse Police tells NewsChannel 9 they haven't decided on an exact location yet, and haven't implemented the system yet.

Utica Police also wants to purchase the technology, but doesn't yet have the money. They've applied for a grant to get the funding.

The company quoted Utica Police for $420,000 for a version that covers a three-mile radius. There's also a $170,000 annual fee.