2 arrested after triple shooting that left 1 dead on Monroe Avenue in Rochester


Editor’s note: The Rochester Police Department previously reported the victim’s age to be 19 years old and a version of our story reported that. However they have since issued a correction saying the victim was 29 years old. This story has been updated to reflection that correction.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people have been arrested in connection with a triple shooting on Monroe Avenue in April that killed one person and injured two others.

31-year old Kyrique Massey and 32-year old Sohn Travis have both been charged with second degree murder and second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to the Rochester Police Department, officers responded to Monroe Avenue and Woodlawn Street around 1 a.m. for the report of multiple gunshots. Upon arrival, they found Matthew Williams, 29, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man and a woman, both in their 30s, were transported to the University of Rochester Medical Center with what police say were non-life threatening injuries.

Both have since been discharged from the hospital.

“It is alleged that after a confrontation outside of 487 Monroe Avenue, both Travis and Massey each fired multiple gunshots from their respective handguns at Mathew Williams,” RPD officials said in a statement.

“Williams was struck at least three times and died at the scene.”

Williams’ wife as at the arraignment and described him as an incredible father, husband and friend. She said she has lived in Rochester her whole life and says she would never expect anything like this to happen before.

“It’s horrible, it needs to stop. People are taking peoples lives for what?,” Miranda Williams said.

“It’s not like the old days people used to fist fight it out and go about your way. Now you got to shoot somebody.”

On Tuesday of this week, Massey was taken into custody. He was arraigned in Rochester City Court on Wednesday and is currently being held in Monroe County Jail with no bail. His next scheduled court date is currently set for Monday.

“Massey is prohibited from legally possessing a handgun due to a prior felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Weapon Second Degree. He maxed out on Parole for that conviction on Oct. 29, 2020.”

On Thursday of this week, Travis was taken into custody. According to RPD, Travis is also prohibited from legally possessing a handgun due to a prior felony conviction for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Travis was arraigned on Friday.

Both pleaded not guilty.

Additional charges may be considered by a Monroe County Grand Jury.

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