ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas were fresh on the minds of festivalgoers at the Park Ave. Summer Arts festival.
“It’s in the back of my mind that something like that could totally happen. it could happen in Ohio, there’s no reason It can’t happen here,” said Alex Decker, a Rochester resident.
“Something should be done, I don’t know what it is. I think it’s more of a cultural thing than anything, I mean. What weapons are used is really important but more importantly like, what causes shooters to happen. What makes that person do what they’re going to do,” said Aidan Decker, a Rochester resident.
Overall the festival is getting great reviews. Two incidents however have raised questions about security.
Saturday, a crowd of 200 began throwing cans and bottles at police. They were dispersed using pepper spray. Police say arrests were made in connection to this incident, but add that those arrests were not connected to the festival.
And a video circulating on social media shows a fight outside a bar on Park Avenue. The owner of that bar believes they were isolated incidents.
“It’s one or two things. You get somebodies that’s just, gets a little excess. You just got to remember to reign it in and I think 99 percent of the kids on the Avenue do,” Peter Jines, owner of Jines Restaurant.
Police did make three arrests total over the weekend. Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and another was arrested for second degree menacing.
Despite Saturday’s incidents, the Avenue was still packed Sunday.
“I think they’re doing a good job, more police maybe,” said Andrew Decker, a Rochester resident.
Overall, police say there were no major incidents during the two-day fest.