Unable to locate shooter, law enforcement scales back search after Sodus double homicide

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Sheriff Barry Virts reports that the search for the suspect wanted in connection with yesterday’s double homicide are being scaled down.

He says deputies do not have anyone in custody at this time.

The investigation and officer presence in the immediate vicinity and in the Village will continue as long as necessary, according to the department, who notes that canvassing efforts will continue.

“The investigation is transitioning into a different phase where investigators continue following leads and have submitted evidence collected at the scene for forensic analysis,” the department said in an update.

They say school officials are in close communication with the Sheriff’s Office; and that resource officers continue working toward maintaining their existing presence.

Virts asks that the public remain alert and report anything that seems unusual.

The department also says that regular updates will cease; and only updates will be released if new information is obtained.

Follow along below as we update with a complete timeline, as new information becomes available.

  • Initial reports for a ‘shooting’ with multiple victims was received by first responders around 2 p.m. on Monday.
  • The scene was identified as a residence on Carlton St., which was quickly shut down, as residents were told to shelter in place.
  • Sodus schools were placed on lockdown, but students were returned home by 5 p.m. on Monday.
  • In an update around 7 p.m. on Monday, authorities said that the gunman remained at-large, and that the search would continue into the night. Residents were told to remain alert and report anything suspicious to 911.
  • In that same update, authorities confirmed that a man and woman, who had a first grade student with autism in the Sodus Central School District were killed in the violent incident on Monday.
  • Around 7:30 p.m. State Route 104 was temporarily closed between North Centenary and Pratt roads. It’s unclear if that was related to the search for the gunman. Witnesses say they observed a large police presence in that area of Route 104.
  • On Tuesday, the Sodus Central School District announced that all classes would be cancelled as authorities continued searching throughout Wayne County for the missing gunman.
  • Around 8:30 a.m. helicopters could be seen in the sky over Sodus, as the manhunt continued for the unknown assailant, who was last seen in a gray hoodie.
  • Victims in Sodus double homicide were identified by authorities late Tuesday morning as Joshua Niles, 28, and Amber Washburn, 24, both of 29 Carlton Street in the Village of Sodus.
  • Children in the victim’s family are being cared for by relatives. Both Niles and Washburn are natives of Newark; and graduates of Newark High School. Reports indicate that the two had a child together; and had moved to Sodus to start a life together before Monday’s double homicide.
  • The Sheriff’s Office continues to follow leads and tips and hopes to allow residents in the Sodus and East Williamson community to assume a relatively normal routine by early afternoon.

This timeline will continue to be updated as the day progresses. Follow along below for more coverage of the investigation, with reports from the ground.

More Coverage:

Two shot dead in Sodus, suspect at large (CNY Central)
Remembering the victims: Six murdered in Sodus over the last 13 months
– Click here to watch Monday night’s press conference in Sodus
Double homicide investigation underway in Wayne County (Canandaigua Messenger)
Sodus double homicide: Search continues for male shooter (D&C)
Man, woman fatally shot in Sodus; shelter in place alert issued for residents (Syracuse.com)
Two shot dead in Sodus, suspect at large (13WHAM)
UPDATE: Active search for gunman behind double homicide in Sodus (WHEC)
Deputies confirm 2 people shot and killed in Sodus (WSYR)

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