Police identify accused Ithaca Commons shooter, charged with attempted murder

A screenshot from a video of police helping the man who was shot on the Ithaca Commons. Video/screenshot by witness Charlie Berrios.

Editor’s Note: This story was first published by our local media partner, The Ithaca Voice. You can find the original story here.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police have identified the man accused of shooting a person in the Ithaca Commons and firing into a crowd early Sunday morning.

Yakez Cornett Sr., 22, is charged with attempted murder, second-degree assault, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned at Ithaca City Court around 9 a.m. Sunday. He’s currently being held without bail.

Police were called around 1:20 a.m. to the Ithaca Commons after gunshots broke out in front of the popular nightclub Silky Jones.

Multiple witnesses at the scene said an argument broke out in front of the car, prompting one person to want to fight. The other person allegedly tried to walk away from the situation and was shot in his back and leg.

He was awake and conscious when transferred to a hospital, Acting Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler said.

The suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, near the intersection of North Cayuga and West State streets, on the sidewalk near the Cornell Store.

Related: Ithaca Commons shooting update: ‘Our primary suspect is in custody’

A New York State Police Officer assists at the scene of a shooting early Sunday morning on The Ithaca Commons. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice