ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police are investigating after two people were shot, killing one, on the city’s southwest side Monday afternoon.
According to the Rochester Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Dr. Samuel McCree Way around 1:30 p.m. for multiple reports of shots fired.
Authorities say two people were shot — a 21-year-old Rochester woman and a 22-year-old Rochester man. They say the woman, Madison Boorom, of Rochester, was struck multiple times in the upper body and was taken to University of Rochester Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. Police say the man had lower body injuries and was also taken to URMC.
On Wednesday, police announced that Boorom died as a result of her injuries Tuesday. The second victim has since been released from the hospital.
According to the investigation, several people, including the victim, were in the 100 block of Dr. Samuel McCree way when over 20 gunshots were fired in the area.
“I can tell you, it’s a very complicated screen, so that area will be closed for some time,” Rochester Police Deputy Chief Dave Smith said a Monday press conference. “This shooting, and more recent shootings, are targeting certain individuals. What is concerning is that these are in the middle of the day, and in crowded areas — this happened near a school.”
The deputy chief said there are currently no suspects in custody and ask anyone with information to call 911, or the Major Crimes Unit at 585-428-7157, or Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300, or email MajorCrimes@cityofrochester.gov.
“It was a very, very busy scene down there when this happened,” Smith said. “I am sure someone saw something. We have yet to have anyone come forward in most of these cases, yet they were all crowded areas.”
The deputy chief said there were children in the area of Monday’s shooting and it was a “miracle” that none of them were struck.
“There were children in the area, and it’s a miracle that we did not have a child struck again today,” Smith said. “Just as it was Friday when we had children in the area [of a shooting].”
Police say the two victims in Monday’s shooting were shot by a gun fired from a vehicle, but he hesitated to call it a drive-by shooting.
“Both victims were on a sidewalk and they were shot by someone in a car,” Smith said.” Drive-bys are described as random, but this was targeted — I would like to specify that this was a targeted incident.”
In regards to other recent violent incidents in the city’s southwest quadrant, the deputy chief said that police currently have no information that connects the incidents.
The deputy chief said RPD teamed up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for joint patrols where police are targeting known violent offenders in the affected areas, adding that those patrols will continue through the week. Additionally, he said the RPD’s tactical unit will be surveying the impacted neighborhood throughout the week, but he said community members coming forward will help police crack down on crime.
“It is impossible to put a cop on every corner, obviously, but even increased patrols can only do so much if we don’t get folks coming forward to help us out, that are willing to give us some information so we can get to the bottom of these,” Smith said.
Full police press conference
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