The Burger King employee shot and killed has been identified by the Rochester Police Department as 19-year-old Rochester city resident Sideic Robinson.
Lt. Greg Bello told News 8 on Monday, Robinson was a productive member of society, working a weekend shift when his life was cut short.
He said it’s a tragic story with a lot of unanswered questions.
“Was there some sort of, dispute that may have led to this, or was this some sort of random act,” said Bello. “That’s what investigators are trying to figure out now.”
So far, no suspects are in custody. But Bello said there were other employees in the building when it happened, and will be key-witnesses in the investigation moving forward.
“That’s what we’re working to determine, whenever we look at video evidence, we’re not just looking for who the suspect is, we’re looking at who else is in there that may have information,” he said.
And there may be people with information who were not there in person.
“So whoever committed this violence, didn’t just commit it by themselves, people know,” he said. “You don’t just go out and murder somebody, go back home and not tell anybody, or talk to anybody, so we need those family members, friends, whoever it may be of the suspect, to come forward.”
He said this is about holding the suspect accountable, for committing a heinous act.
“Any little piece of information, someone in the store an hour before, two hours before, may have some video of who was in there…anything along those lines, may lead to us solving this crime.”
We reached out to the Burger King, asking if any plans to resume business. We were told no comment.
News 8 also reached out to the mayor’s office, and is awaiting comment.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A teenager is dead after a shooting Saturday night in a Burger King on Lyell Avenue, the Rochester Police Department confirmed in the early hours of Sunday morning.
RPD said that officers were called to the Burger King just before 8 p.m. for reports of a person shot. Upon arrival, they located a 19-year-old male employee suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
The employee was taken to the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to the RPD, the employee was shot inside the restaurant as he was leaving work for the evening. They add that although they cannot yet determine a motive for the shooting, it does appear that the victim was targeted.
The RPD said there was no robbery or customer trouble leading up to the shooting.
Valerie Bundy has lived right next to the Burger King for the past 20 years. With her home surrounded by crime tape Saturday night, she spoke with News 8 about the city’s violence.
“I came to look, and I was a little shocked to see yellow tape on the corner of my porch, but it is what it is,” she told News 8. “It’s way too common, and […] it doesn’t upset me, it doesn’t frighten me, which means I’m getting desensitized to it, basically — and that’s scary. That’s scary. Because people are dying, and nobody is doing anything about it.”
She says she doesn’t let her grandchildren play out front anymore — even during the day — for fear of violent crime, instead encouraging them to play in the backyard.
“It’s not safe — there’s too much negative activity going on in the front,” she said. “There’s things that they see that they shouldn’t have to see if they were playing in the front porch, so, no, we don’t hang out in the front.”
The Major Crimes Unit is continuing this investigation, and individuals who have any information on this or any violent crime are encouraged to contact 911 where they can remain anonymous.
Check back with News 8 WROC as we continue to update this developing story.
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