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Two dead in Rochester, several wounded after two separate incidents

Tape reading 'Crime scene do not cross' in front of a blurry police car
Max Schulte
Crime scene tape.

Rochester Police are investigating multiple incidents of violence early Saturday morning that killed one person and left another with life threatening injuries.

It happened in the North Clinton Ave. neighborhood, with RPD saying that at about 1:00 a.m. there was a large crowd gathered between Siebert Pl. and Scrantom Street.

Officers already in the area heard multiple gunshots fired from within the crowd. They found a 19-year-old man in front of a store on North Clinton, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Strong Hospital where he was in grave condition.

Police say a 2nd victim, a 26-year-old woman, had a gunshot wound to the torso. Her injury was not life threatening.

At about the same police, officers heard additional shots in the area and found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Also another victim in that area, a 23-year-old man, had at least one gunshot wound and he is listed in stable, but life-threatening condition.

While officers were still at that crime scene, a 5th victim, a 13-year-old girl arrived at the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

RPD has been receiving help from State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept., Irondequoit and Brighton Police.

Due to the violence, organizers of the Puerto Rican parade, which was to take place on N. Clinton, canceled that event on Saturday. But the Puerto Rican Festival will go on as scheduled at Innovative Field.

At a news conference Saturday, Mayor Malik Evans called what happened on North Clinton, “extremely sad,” and he said that “When you have multiple fights at 1 a.m. it’s just totally unacceptable.”

Police Chief David Smith said there will be hundreds of officers in the area later on Saturday, keeping a close watch out for any more incidents as well as any traffic issues.

The other homicide was reported on the southwest side Friday evening at about 7 o’clock in the area of Henion and Clifton Streets.

Police say a 22-year-old man was shot at least once and he was found in a driveway. He was pronounced dead the scene.

Officers say that a nearby house was struck with a stray round when penetrated a wall and a TV. There were three young children and an adult in the room watching TV at the time, but none of them was struck by the gunfire.

There is no motive reported yet, but police say it appears the person killed was the intended target and they are still looking for suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.

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.