A MASS shooting in the state of New York left ‘multiple dead’ and dozens injured in the City of Rochester on Saturdau.
The shooting occurred close to Rochester Public Market and a huge amount of local police have responded to the scene close to Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Rochester Police Department Major Crimes Unit said that “there are fatalities.”
Local media reported: “The area in question is along Pennsylvania Avenue, which is bordered by Union Street to the west and Goodman Street to the east.”
At about 2:15 a.m., members of the police clergy response team arrived and were escorted into the area where the apparent shooting or shootings occurred.
At about 2:30 a.m., Lt. Justin Stewart said no information about what has occurred would be released for another hour or so. Clearly, there is much to sort out in a sprawling crime scene.
For the size of the police response and the large area where the investigation is occurring, the scene was marked by an eerie quiet. A bit after 2:30 a.m., relatives or friends of the people involved in the shooting arrived, their anguished cries breaking the night silence.
In 2020, shootings and homicides have risen in many U.S. communities, including Rochester. Authorities have pointed to the coronavirus outbreak as a significant factor. The pandemic has prompted a massive slowing of economic activity at the same time the need for social distancing has shut down many popular activities, leaving young adults in poorer neighborhoods bored and frustrated.
According to the website gunviolencearchive.com, there had been 454 mass shootings across America in 2020 as of Friday.
Rochester had several mass shootings in 2015, a year in which the number locally exceeded that of any community statewide.