Mayor Warren speaks out against ‘reprehensible’ violence after city’s 11th homicide of 2021


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A 29-year-old man is dead after a shooting on Dewey Avenue in Rochester.

Police were called to Dewey Avenue and Magee Avenue around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say the victim was brought from the scene to Rochester General Hospital in a private vehicle, and later died.

No suspects are in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

According to the Rochester Police Department, this is the 11th homicide in Rochester this year.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement Wednesday night, saying:

“The violence we are seeing in our City and across our nation is beyond reprehensible. While the perpetrators and victims of this violence are known to each other in the vast majority of these crimes. The cycle of retaliation must end. Those engaged in this violence are giving those who want to see our community suffer exactly what they want. It is unacceptable. I have directed Police Chief Herriott-Sullivan to immediately implement additional targeted enforcement efforts to protect our community. I know that she will work tirelessly, along with our entire police department, to ensure the safety of our families and our neighborhoods.”

City Councilmember Malik Evans released the following statement: on Thursday:

“Nationally there have been seven mass shootings in seven days. Here in Rochester, we have had 11 homicides already this year. This month alone there have been six homicides. This trend nationally and in our community is alarming and heartbreaking. These lost lives are more chapters in a tale of senseless violence that is far too long. Each one of those lives touched the lives of many others, and the toll on loved ones left behind is unimaginable. It also damages our society as a whole. I was saddened when someone said to me recently that violent deaths seem to be becoming normalized. These slayings are not normal, and a comprehensive violence reduction strategy is necessary to stem this carnage. This must involve all sectors of our community and must include conflict resolution among those seeking to use a gun and harm others. In the midst of a global pandemic the rise in gun violence has caused too much devastation and we must do more now.

The Rochester Police Department plans to hold a press conference on Thursday to address the recent violent crime.

Check back with News8 WROC as we update this developing story.

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