Two young men, a man and a woman were killed and 14 people were injured early in the morning in the largest Rochester shooting incident in memory, an act of violence at a backyard house party attended by more than 100 people.
The shooting occurred on 200th Street of Pennsylvania Avenue, in a house in the Market View Heights neighborhood of the city.
The identities of the deceased victims were not released, pending notification of the closest relatives. Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons said the victims were in their late teens or early twenties.
“It’s really a tragedy of epic proportions, if you ask me,” Simmons said at a news release at 3:45 am at the scene. “I mean, 16 victims have not been heard of, and for our community, which is now going through a lot, this tragedy must be dealt with, needlessly, because people who decide to act in a violent way is unfortunate and shameful, and we“ will do everything we can as management to present these Persons involved to justice. “
The police chief said that none of the wounds inflicted on the 14 other shooting victims were believed to be life-threatening. A late RPD statement stated that their ages ranged from 17 to 23.
The wounded were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Hospital.
Two others were injured while fleeing the shooting, Rochester Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit tweeted just before 5 am.
The Refugee Protection Police statement said no suspects had been detained and said there would be no comment on the motive or weapons used in the shooting.
Yasmine Lopez and John Santiago, who live in 300 buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue, woke up after midnight to gunshots. They found two teenagers hiding in their path. “You can see the fear in his eyes,” said Santiago. “He was afraid.” Get in a car and drive off.
They said the scene was chaotic. “There were children vomiting, hiding in the bushes, and bleeding,” Lopez said. She said her first two calls to 911 were not answered.
When the police arrived, they saw dozens of people fleeing the scene and found several people had been shot. Simmons described it as “a very messy scene”.
Simmons said the authorities did not know the house party was taking place until they responded to the 911 call about the shooting.
“This is another tragedy where individuals have illegal and unauthorized house parties in these properties,” the president said. He said this is unsafe due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and when “you add alcohol and violence … it becomes just a recipe for disaster.”
It was the New York State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Irondicuet Police Department, who assisted at the scene.
When asked about a week that involved taking over the reins of the police department, directing the police department’s handling of the Broad protests and now investigating a mass shooting incident, Simmons shifted his answer towards the tragic losses of the night.
“This is not a moment for self-reflection,” he said. “This is a moment when I ask the community to pray for the victims and their families. Lots of people are hurting now. Lots of people are looking for answers. The police department will do what we can to help bring some relief and solve this crime for the families.”
Before dawn, Warren released a statement:
“Acting Police Chief Simmons briefed me about the shooting incident on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester. Our Paths to Peace team is on the ground and works with the victims and their families. I ask the community to pray and support everyone involved.”
“This tragic act of violence has affected the lives of many people and their families. I beg everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint while the Refugee Protection Police investigates what happened here and searches for those responsible. As soon as additional information becomes available, the police department will provide an update on this. Subject. Please keep our city in your constant prayers. “