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Rochester Police investigate 2 weekend homicides

James Brown
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Rochester Police are investigating two homicides that happened over the weekend.

The most recent one involved a man shot to death Sunday night. RPD responded to Goodman Plaza on North Goodman Street at about 9:00 p.m. They found 23-year-old Dallas Cooper Jr. who had been shot at least once. He was later pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.

During the course of the preliminary investigation it was learned both victims were shot in front of the Family Dollar Store.

Police say that Family Dollar was open at the time of the gunfire and at least one gunshot went thru the front door of the business. There were numerous employees and customers inside, including two small children. But none of them were struck by the gunfire.

Soon after that happened, a second man, who is 31-years-old, was taken via private vehicle to Strong. He was shot once, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. There’s no word yet on any suspects.

Police have also identified the man killed on Saturday. Police say that 21-year-old Jeremy Hamilton Jr, from the city, suffered at least gunshot wound to the upper body when he was shot on Avenue A. He was pronounced dead at Strong Hospital shortly after arriving there.

The shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

RPD says a preliminary investigation indicates that Hamilton’s shooting was drug-related. There is no word yet of any suspects.

The two incidents were the 18th and 19th homicides of the year in the city.

The Major Crimes Unit is conducting the investigation and is asking anybody with information to call 911, the Major Crimes Unit at 585-428-7157, Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300, or email

In another incident on Saturday, Rochester Police responded to the area of Chili Ave. and Salina St. for the report of shots fired and a male who had been shot and was down on the ground.

Upon arrival RPD found a man who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body.

They say that this individual, described as a 33-year-old-man, was transported to Strong Hospital with life threatening injuries. His name has not been released yet.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.