ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A violent weekend in Rochester left five residents injured from separate shootings.
A Saturday night shooting on Jefferson Avenue left an 18-year-old in critical condition. According to the Rochester Police Department, he was shot in the upper torso multiple times. No one is in custody.
Around 8 p.m. Sunday two city residents with gunshot wounds arrived at Rochester General Hospital. The men, a 19-year-old and 20-year-old, both suffered at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. Both of their injuries are considered to be non-life threatening. According to the RPD, the incident happened in the 1000 block of North Street. The investigation is ongoing.
Roughly an hour later, police responded to Magnolia Street for the report of a person shot. They found an 11-year-old boy and city resident with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. According to police the boy was inside a home when he was struck. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, and his injuries are considered non-life threatening. There doesn’t appear to be any further danger to the public and the investigation is ongoing.
Around 1 a.m. on Monday, RPD officers responded to Strong Memorial Hospital for the report of a walk in shooting victim. The 16-year-old boy was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body. According to RPD, his injuries are considered non-life-threatening and he is in stable condition. Nobody is in custody at this time.
“It’s very bad right now,” says Melvin Cross, Jr. with Pathways to Peace. He says much of what we’re seeing across the City right now with youth, are ongoing disputes and retaliation.
“We’ve upped our outreach, so we’re doing outreach all weekend until 3AM,” says Cross.
Cross says those efforts include going to troubled areas—- and offering non-violent alternatives.
“We utilize the Roxie-Sinkler Rec Center…We have various programs that are happening. Our street outreach, that’s where our boots are on the ground,” he says.
Cross says these problems have always been here, but throw in a pandemic and cancel school, “Now I think it’s just magnified since they do have more time on their hands.”
Abdul Hakeem was working Monday on Jefferson Ave. near one of the weekend shootings—- he says with no school, kids are free to do whatever, most of the time without adults.
“The violence it’s because of the lack of things to do. They don’t do anything unless they’re made to do it,” adding “We have to change the way we live and let kids see it on a bigger scale,” says Hakeem.
Cross says they are strategizing with others to continue their mission of getting kids on the right track. “We’re doing the best we can, that’s why we’re always working and looking to partner, partner, partner,” he says.
Anyone with any information about any of these shootings are asked to call 911.
There were also two more armed carjackings in the city over the weekend. They’re most recent in a string of incidents that began in late March. One of the violent robberies left a 71-year-old man dead.