One person is dead in Tompkins County after the occupants of two speeding vehicles exchanged gunfire before a crashing over the weekend.

The incident happened early Saturday, March 13 in Lansing.


The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says both vehicles lost control at about 2 a.m., with one hitting a telephone pole and the other coming to rest in a residential yard.

26-year-old Garaus Henry of Lansing, who was driving one of the vehicles was not seriously hurt while his 19-year-old passenger, Fausto Gio Frias, otherwise known as Junior Brooks was reportedly treated at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for minor injuries.

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A passenger in the other car, identified as 21-year-iold Sha-Heem Harris died at the scene while the driver of that car, identified as 41-year-old Saad Letif Muhammed was treated at Guthrie Medical Center for injuries, including a gunshot wound.  Another passenger, identified as 61-year-old Tyrone Fair was being treated at Guthrie for what were believed to be serious injuries.

Authorities say Harris, Muhammed and Fair are all from Elmira.

The investigation is continuing.

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