Early reports of a mass shooting were emerging in the very wee hours of Saturday morning showing that there has been a mass shooting in Rochester, near, or perhaps targeting what seems to have been a mass gathering. This is the same city fighting to defund the police and stop new precincts from being built with numerous high profile protests where videos went viral of mobs assaulting outdoor diners, earlier in September.
One report from a scanner was “12:20am – N. Goodman and Pennsylvania – RPD at scene with a large group of over 100 people – multiple people shot, 2 confirmed deceased at the scene so far – RPD requesting 20-30 more officers from RPD & other agencies.”
Acting Rochester Police Chief Mark Simmons said the two people killed were a man and a woman between the ages of 18 and 22.
He said police were called for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found a crowd numbering 100. The scene was chaotic, he said.
One report was that the gathering was a memorial, for someone had been killed.
Reports are that up to 8 areas were being covered. The reporter said that “families were piled up at the hospital”. He said that the scenes include houses on North Goodman street, with parks and roads shut down. This is horrifying,” he said.
Times Now News reported that Friday night, “A mass shooting broke out in New York on Friday midnight where at least 16 people have reportedly sustained gunshot wounds, local officials and witnesses have confirmed. Emergency services have been pressed into action.
The shooting began at around 12:30 am on Saturday and officers received 911 (emergency distress) calls from an area near Goodman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; a large crowd had gathered in the area.
Preliminary reports state that at least 8-12 people have sustained gunshot injuries and two people have been declared dead at the scene. The police, however, are yet to confirm the exact number of victims, reports claimed.”
“Concerned citizens called to report gun fire and approx 100 people, and there are 16 confirmed victims with 2 dead. They are notifying the families, the event was some type of background party. The records show no records of an illegal party or any reports. Police did not know what the gathering was it was very chaotic. Another tragedy where people are having illegal gatherings, there was alcohol and violence. The report they will be in the foreseeable future. There were not suspects or evidence. Appears shooting was outside in the backyard. The deceased make victim is Black. None of the other victims were life threatening. Officers did conduct backyard searchers, and we believe we have all the victims at the hospital. We have no reason to believe the neighborhood is unsafe. We searched for a suspect. There will be a large police presence here now. This is a tragedy that is unheard of. We have to deal with this, it is shameful. We are going to do everything we can to help and find the people who did this. Right now the Rochester police are the agency in charge.
This is a difficult scene to process. We are going to bring this to a resolution,” Simmons said.
This story is developing…