Wareham man arrested for Syracuse shooting

May 11, 2020

Andrew Booker, 31, of East Wareham, was arrested on Sunday in Syracuse, New York, following the shooting of two men in the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center, a train and bus station.

At about 2:07 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to the transit center following reports of a shooting with multiple injuries.

As they arrived, they found Booker allegedly armed with a handgun. A sheriff’s deputy fired a handgun, and Booker was taken into custody uninjured. 

Two people had been shot: one in the abdomen and the other in the leg. Both were transported to Upstate University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to reports by Syracuse media, Booker was charged with two counts of attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Booker has an extensive history with the police in Wareham. In March, Booker was one of three men arrested for a daytime breaking-and-entering on Swifts Beach Road.

In 2018, Booker was charged in relation to a stabbing.

And, in 2010, Booker was charged following a drive-by shooting in Cromesett.

According to the Syracuse media report, Booker also made news in 2014, when he was assaulted by NFL player Aaron Hernandez in the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth. 

Booker was in jail at the time for gun and drug charges. Hernandez was convicted of murder, and died of an apparent suicide in 2017.