Suspect and victim in late-night Ithaca shooting identified by police

The Ithaca Police Department has identified both the victim and suspect in a shooting that occurred early in the overnight hours of Thursday outside Ithaca’s Walmart store. “Investigators have determined that the suspect and the victim did not know each other prior to this incident,” police said.

Photo of defendant Justin Barkley provided by IPD.

Photo of defendant Justin Barkley provided by IPD.

A statement from the Ithaca Police Department identified the homicide victim as 52-year-old William Schumacher, a resident of the Town of Candor.

The defendant has been identified as Justin Barkley, a 38-year-old resident of the Town of Dryden, who surrendered to police this morning after an hours-long standoff that shut down Route 366.

Police say there is no evidence the pair had “had any prior interactions with each other” before, they say, Barkley shot and killed Schumacher, and then fled northeast on Route 13.

Sheriff Ken Lansing said this morning that in addition to IPD and his department, personnel were on the scene from the Cayuga Heights Police Department, New York State Park Police, NYSP aviation unit, NYSP forensic identification unit, NYSP major crimes unit, Ithaca SWAT, Cornell University Police Department, Dryden Police Department, Dryden Ambulance, NYS crisis negotiating unit, Bangs Ambulance, Syracuse Police, FBI, Tompkins County Mental Health Department, Tompkins County district attorney’s office, and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

Barkley, accompanied by attorney Lance Salisbury, was arraigned in Ithaca City Court before Judge Scott Miller at about 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, on charges of murder in the second degree. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail, and is scheduled to return to court on December 14th at 8:45am, according to IPD.

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