Two women shot near East & Alexander in Rochester


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people were shot overnight Sunday in a highly-frequented Rochester bar district, another shooting in what has become an abnormally violent year.

Rochester Police say a 26-year-old woman from Rochester was shot at least one time in her upper body. Officers found her in the area of East Avenue and N Union Street. The second victim is a 24-year-old woman from Rochester and she was shot at least one time in her upper body. Police found her in the area of East Avenue by Lawrence Street.

Both women were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police.

“It’s not a good feeling, obviously. But I have faith in the Rochester police Department,” said Don Swartz, owner of Veneto Wood Fired Pizza, a restaurant on East Avenue.

The gunfire rang out feet away from his restaurant overnight; the restaurant was closed at the time of the overnight shooting.

“Most of the city is safe, obviously we have the restaurant here,” Swartz added. “I personally live in the city and own some small property in the city. We’re going through a period of crime, obviously.”

Gun violence in the city is outpacing last year, with more than 150 incidents reported and over 180 victims, according to Rochester police data.

Anyone with further information on this incident is asked to call 911.

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