2 facing murder charges after 16-year-old caught in crossfire shot, killed in Rochester

Crime

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two men have been arrested following the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old that was killed in a shooting on Hague Street over the weekend.

According to RPD, officers responded to Hague Street around 8 p.m. on Saturday for the report of a person shot. Upon arrival, they found 16-year-old Manuel Rivera, who sustained a gunshot to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the same location, a male in his 30s was shot in his upper body and is currently getting treated. Police say the incident appears to have occurred because of an altercation.

According to RPD, Douglas Smith, 31, of Rochester, and Johnny Rodriguez, 21 was charged with:

  • Murder in the second degree.
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

“The investigation thus far has determined Douglas Smith and Johnny Rodriguez were shooting at each other when 16-year old Manuel Rivera was caught in the cross fire and killed,” Investigators wrote in a statement.

According to police reports, Smith was arrested earlier in 2020 for allegedly firing multiple gunshots into a family member’s residence after an argument. He was taken into custody following the incident.

Smith posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody on August 3, 2020. He was indicted for criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Those charges are still pending in Monroe County Court.

Smith was arraigned in Rochester City Court on Monday and held without bail. Rodriguez will be arraigned in Rochester City Court on Tuesday at 9:30 am.


This is a developing story. Stay with News 8 WROC for additional details as they arrive.

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