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Five people shot in four hours in Rochester, police address plan to combat gun violence


Mayor Lovely Warren and Rochester’s new police chief are responding after shootings Thursday night in Rochester left two people dead and three others injured.

Friday morning, officers released the identities of the some of the victims. Twenty-four-year-old Markwaun Williams and 26-year-old Justin Siler were killed when shots rang out in the area of Wilkins Street and Hudson Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Hours later, around 8 p.m., two men, 20-year-old Gregory Williams and 22-year-old Jaquan Fields, were shot in the area of Genesee and Hawley. Williams remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital; Fields was treated and released.

Around the same time, a 17-year-old boy was hurt in a third shooting around Thomas and Weeger streets.

In a Facebook post, Mayor Warren responded to the tragedy.

She writes, “My people…we have another way to resolve disputes. The pain caused to our city, family and friends that lost their loved one is not worth it. The pain you will inflict on your loved one as they sit there watching the justice system hold you accountable is not worth it.”

The mayor adds, “Judge Caroline Morrison said yesterday, ‘Before you pull the trigger sit in the bathroom with the door closed for 24 hours and imagine being in a space that size for the rest of your life.’ In the heat of the moment…it may seem okay but it’s the aftermath — the tears on both sides, the pain on both sides and the lives lost on both sides you MUST THINK ABOUT IT.”

At a news conference Friday morning, Chief Simmons promised action and justice in the shootings.

“The RPD will not tolerate and we will do everything in our power to make sure that the individuals responsible for violent crimes in the City of Rochester are held accountable.”

“We will not rest until we see justice is served,” Simmons added.

The chief pointed to the arrest of two men for a shooting last week on Lyell Avenue.

Police are now calling on witnesses to come forward with more information on the Wilkins Street shooting. Officers say there are several witnesses to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 428-7157 or 911.

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