Rochester Police investigate homicide involving a 17-year-old on Sunday night
Rochester Police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old male on Sunday night. They have now identified him as 17-year old Jeremiah Baker. Baker lived on William Warfield Dr.
They were called to the intersection of William Warfield Drive and Robert Warfield Court near Upper Falls Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m.
Police say they found the teen suffering from at least one gunshot to the upper-body. Officers began lifesaving measures and the youth was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
A short time later after arriving at Strong Memorial Baker was pronounced dead.
Officials say the initial investigation leads them to believe the 17-year-old was the intended target of the gunfire. Baker lived in the Harriet Tubman Estates apartment complex and was on his bike near a basketball hoop set up in the parking lot.
Police say there were several children playing basketball at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured.
There’s no word yet of any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.
Jeremiah Baker attended the Youth and Justice Program of the Rochester City School District. Supt. Lesli-Myers Small released a statement on Monday that said in part: "In less than two weeks, we have had two students fall to gun violence and I am absolutely distressed, hurt, and angry. We mourn at a time when our scholars should be celebrating proms, graduations, and plans for summer vacation."
This was the 2nd homicide of the weekend in Rochester. A shooting death early Saturday took the life of a man in the East End. He is now identified as 24-year old Yasier Clark, a Rochester resident.
There have been 31 homicides so far this year in the city.