ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Gates Police have made an arrest after a woman was found shot to death outside her workplace on September 30.
47-year-old Malik Black of Rochester was arrested Tuesday and charged with second degree murder. He’s accused of shooting Jessica Romich, 47, as she was leaving her business, Everdry Waterproofing, at 12 Pixley Industrial Parkway.
Investigators said Black was a former employee of the business and targeted Romich. Police would not comment on a motive for the shooting.
“He arrived in a vehicle, and unfortunately Jessica was leaving work for the day,” Gates Police Chief Robert Long said. “That’s where their two paths crossed.”
Black is currently on parole for second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.
“This is somebody who was not rehabilitated by the system,” Long said. “This person had 25 or 20 years in prison to rehabilitate themselves and come out and they had a second chance on life. Unfortunately our victim doesn’t have a second chance on life.”
Long said Black was arrested in a no-knock warrant execution early Tuesday morning. He said no one was injured during the arrest. Long also said new evidence was recovered during the search, but he would not comment on specifics.
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Black was arraigned in Gates Town Court and sent to Monroe County jail with no bail. Gates Police said additional charges may be considered by a Grand Jury.
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