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‘All out war zone’: Rochester shooting leaves two dead, 14 wounded

Thomas Catenacci on September 19, 2020

A mass shooting at a backyard party Friday night in Rochester, New York, left two dead and 14 wounded, police said.

The shooting, one of the worst in the city’s history, occurred during a party with more than 100 attendees, according to interim Rochester Police Department Chief Mark Simmons, CBS affiliate WROC-TV reported. The two unnamed individuals who were killed were a male and female between the ages of 18 and 22.

“This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions if you ask me. I mean, 16 victims is unheard of,” Simmons said Saturday morning, according to ABC affiliate WHAM News.

The 14 people wounded were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, WHAM reported. They were between the ages of 17 and 23.

“Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, for 10 minutes maybe,” a witness identified only as Billy told WHAM. “People running from every which way. You don’t know who’s who; everyone’s got a mask on. You don’t know what going on out here.”

The shooting sounded like “an all-out war zone,” Billy added.

Simmons said there haven’t been arrests and asked the public for any tips, CBS affiliate WROC-TV reported. Police are still interviewing witnesses.

“This tragic act of violence has impacted many people’s lives and families,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement Saturday, WROC reported. “I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible.”

The shooting comes after riots and protests occurred in Rochester following recently-released video of the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who died in police custody in March. Warren said Monday that she fired former Rochester police chief Le’Ron Singletary over Prude’s death.

“For our community, who is right now going through so much, to have to be dealt [this] tragedy needlessly because of people who decide to act in a violent manner, is unfortunate, it’s shameful, and we’re going to do everything we can as a department to bring those people involved to justice,” Simmons said, WHAM reported.

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  1. John September 19, 2020

    Doesn’t surprise anyone!
    You are getting what you asked for!
    Allow riots etc and defund police etc.
    Blame yourself! Enjoy you deserve it!

  2. Michael Gregory September 19, 2020

    People are using the riots to justify murders now. The police did not do this obviously. Defund BLM!

  3. A. D Roberts September 20, 2020

    Why is Cuomo not enforcing the social distancing and size of gatherings. My guess is this was a BLACK party and they don’t obey Cuomo. And he does not try to force them. So will they use this to try to increase laws against guns? Of course they will. But this is just like Chicago. Blacks killing blacks.

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