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Shooting victim’s family offering reward in arrest

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The family of the man who was shot during a drive-by shooting early Monday is offering a $5,000 reward to solve the crime.

Robert C. Hunt Jr., the father of victim Robert C. Hunt III, 24, of Three Mile Bay, said Tuesday morning his family is offering the reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

The father declined to comment further.

However, Detective Stephen R. Backus said Tuesday morning that police have no suspects but are looking at some leads in the shooting, which occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at Ohio Street and Michigan Avenue.

So far, about 15 people have been interviewed during the investigation. Detective Backus also is asking the public for help in the case.

Police are talking to people “with grudges” involving those connected to the shooting, so they can eliminate them as possible persons of interest, the detective said.

The younger Mr. Hunt was sitting in his car when someone shot out of an eastbound car on Ohio Street, police said. Mr. Hunt is stable in a Syracuse hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Neither the police nor the family is saying how many times he was shot, whether he has been able to tell police much about the shooting or how many people were in the car.

The vehicle, described as either a dark-colored Chevrolet Cobalt or a red Chevy Cavalier, sped away and turned right on Colorado Avenue, Detective Backus said.

Residents of the neighborhood on the city’s northeast side expressed uneasiness after hearing about the drive-by shooting. Neighbors heard four shots fired in rapid succession.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Watertown Police Department at 782-2233.

Police had their hands full Sunday. Five hours earlier, a State Street man was stabbed to death in a J.B. Wise Place apartment. Police said the two crimes are not related.

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