Deputies scaling back activities in search for double homicide suspect in Sodus

February 18, 2019 04:12 PM

The activities related to the search for the suspect in the double homicide in the Village of Sodus are being scaled down. 

Deputies say 28-year-old Joshua Niles and 24-year-old Amber Washburn were shot and killed Monday afternoon on Carlton Street between Benton Place and the Sodus Central School District. 


As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies do not have anyone in custody. The victims were targeted and the general public is not at risk, according to deputies. 

The investigation is transitioning into a different phase, deputies say, where investigators continue following leads and have submitted evidence collected at the scene for forensic analysis. Deputies will continue canvassing the neighborhood for information related to the incident. 

Neighbor Anthony Mancine said he was outside when the shooting started.  

"I heard what I thought was fireworks then I glanced over there, saw a guy fall under the car," Mancine said. “The person [suspect] was shooting like six to seven rounds.”

Mancine told New10NBC he immediately called 911 and that is when the shooting continued.

“As I was talking to 911, the person turned and shot at the girl in the car,” Mancine said. “Then the person [suspect] turned and shot at the individual on the ground and fired another six to seven shots into him.”

Mancine said Niles and Washburn had lived at the home off Carlton Street for less than a year. 

Schools in the Sodus Central School District will be back in session Wednesday after being closed Tuesday due to the investigation. School officials are in contact with the sheriff's office and the sheriff's school resource officer will continue to maintain a presence in the school.

Residents are requested to be alert for anything that may appear unusual. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

News10NBC will continue to update this story on-air and online as more information becomes available.


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