Cornell and Ithaca police investigating stabbing that left one man dead

A late-night fight on the Cornell University campus sent two men to area hospitals with stab wounds, according to the Cornell University Police Department. According to the Ithaca Police Department, one man has died.

Cornell says police responded at about 1:57am on Sunday after getting “a report of a large fight in front of Olin Hall.” The altercation was in the area of Ho Plaza, at the intersection of Campus Road and College Avenue.

Responders found two male victims had been stabbed, began medical treatment, and secured the area. According to a statement, “Responding officers located the weapon and secured the scene,” but are “still attempting to obtain detailed suspect information.”

The stabbed men aren’t affiliated with Cornell, according to a university statement. According to Ithaca Police Department public information officer Jamie Williamson, both men were Ithaca College students.

One was taken to Cayuga Medical Center “for treatment of serious injuries,” and was later pronounced dead, and the other man was “flown to a regional trauma center.” He was treated and released at Upstate Medical Center, according to IPD.

Ithaca College confirmed Sunday morning that the stabbing victims were IC students. “We are not identifying the students at this time, pending notification of their families,” the college said in a statement.

“The college is reaching out to those who might need counseling assistance,” according to a statement from Ithaca College president Tom Rochon. The lounge in the Circles Community Building is open as of 10am for students seeking immediate support, with counselors and professional staff on hand. According to IC, “Students in immediate crisis should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333. Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.” A larger community gathering is being planned, Ithaca College officials say.

According to Cornell Vice President for student and campus life Ryan T. Lombardi, “CUPD believes there is no longer any ongoing threat to campus.” He says students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155 or speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616.

IPD says the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit is processing the crime scene and interviews are under way. Mayor Svante Myrick put a plea on his personal Facebook page for anyone with cell phone videos to call IPD.

Anyone who may have seen the incident or may have captured cell phone video is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-9973 or 272-3245, or Cornell University Police Department at 607-255-1111.

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