According to authorities, the nine count indicted unsealed Friday morning details a summer crime spree that began on July 29th.
That’s when Rochester Police say Tatianna Starling, Ramel Robinson, and Johnny Blackshell stole a gun safe from an apartment on lake avenue.
Fast forward to August 16th. Then later that day, Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says Barnes, Barthel, Blackshell, and Lowry used that AK-47 stolen from Lake Avenue to shoot Shanell Anderson-Edwards while she stood on the sidewalk on Genesee Street.
Police say Anderson-Edwards was an innocent bystander in the shooting and had no connection to any of the suspects.
Three days later, police say Blackshell and Everett committed the drive-by shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street.
Raekwon Manigault, Johnny Johnson, and Jonah Barley were all killed. Four others were wounded.
When police announced Blackshell’s arrest, federal authorities said he was part of gang called Maroon Goons. Ciminelli wouldn’t call this group a gang.
“Certain ones were together, then others were together at other times. Whether or not they hold the identity of a street gang, that’s not part of our case at this point,” says Ciminelli.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is making a plea to the public.
“It’s sad. So, I want to talk to our parents out there that have chlidren and ask them to help us,” says Warren.
Charges in this indictment range from burglary to attempted murder. The chief says other arrests are possible.
Now the death penalty isn’t allowed in New York State, but there is a federal death penalty statute that may apply.
Federal prosecutors say it’s too early to say whether that’s something they’ll pursue.