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Massive police presence in Monroe County after initial report of possible 'active shooter'

A massive police response was called to an area on Scottsville Road near the Rochester airport on Friday, but it all ended peacefully, without incident in what was first described as a possible active shooter situation.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said that it began Friday morning, with some people on a private Facebook chat sharing information that they thought they had seen an employee who works in that area at RG&E, and who had been sent home a few weeks ago over a personnel situation.

Baxter said during the back and forth over Facebook Messenger, the conversation got amplified, with concerns there might be an active shooter. That later turned out to be unfounded, but Baxter said police had to respond on that assumption.

And he said of course, the mass shooting in Buffalo a week ago is on everyone’s mind.

“I watched multiple jurisdictions of officers, plainclothes officers, grab shotguns and run through the door, doing what they're trained to do, go towards that threat,” said Baxter. “And we're all too familiar with that, in our recent history. I am proud of the response of everybody that responded, I'm proud of the incident command system was set up. I'm proud of the reaction task force that we designed.”

Scottsville Road, which had been blocked off for a time, was reopened Friday afternoon. Baxter says there were no injuries and at this point , there is no one being charged.

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.