ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren spoke with relatives of some of the victims’ from a mass shooting that took place overnight Saturday in Rochester on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Warren asks that the community keeps the victims’ families in their prayers and to allow the Rochester Police Department to do their jobs in bringing the shooter to justice.
Warren reiterated a curfew for the city of Rochester beginning at 11 p.m. It was put in place in June following a string of shootings in the city.
Rochester police officials say two people were killed and 14 more were injured in one of the worst mass shootings in the city’s history; a city which has been roiled in recent weeks by outrage over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude.
As many as 100 people were at the gathering when the shooting started just before 12:30 a.m., Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons told reporters. It happened near the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the City of Rochester’s northeast side, close to North Goodman Street.
The two people killed have not been identified at this time, but Interim Rochester Police Chief Mark Simmons said one was a man, one a woman, both in the age range of 18 to 22.
The other 14 people were all hospitalized; nine at Strong Memorial Hospital, and five at Rochester General Hospital for their injuries. Officials say the injuries sustained are not life threatening. The interim police chief said no officers were injured.
Mayor Warren released the following statement on the shooting:
“Our Pathways to Peace Team is on the ground and working with the victims and their families. I’m asking the community for prayers and support for all involved. This tragic act of violence has impacted many people’s lives and families. I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible. As soon as additional information is available the police department will provide updates on this matter. Please keep our city in your continual prayers.“