Bystander killed in weekend shootings
Posted at: 08/19/2013 5:16 PM
By: Brett Davidsen | WHEC.com
Another violent weekend in the city of Rochester leaves and innocent man dead and a killer still on the loose.
Police say 59-year-old Willie Little was shot and killed around 1:00a.m. Sunday morning outside a bar on South Plymouth Avenue. Investigators say they don't think he was the intended target. Police say Little was just minding his business, smoking a cigarette outside the bar after spending the earlier part of the day at the Clarissa Street reunion with his wife. He was gunned down outside the bar on South Plymouth Avenue and pronounced dead at the hospital. Three other people were also shot at that location.
The shooting came just hours after a shooting on Jefferson Avenue where three other people were also injured. The six other victims are all expected to survive. Right now, no one has been arrested.
Police are still trying to speak with witnesses and some of the victims. Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard acknowledges they are exploring whether the two shooting incidents, which were two hours apart, were related. Chief Sheppard says, right now, the only connection they've made comes from the geography and the time frame. Whether this was some kind of a payback shooting, the chief says they still don't know. However, he says investigators did recently target South Plymouth Avenue after reports of disputes in that area.
Chief Sheppard said, "I want to highlight that over the past several weeks going back about five weeks, we've had an extended investigation in the Plymouth Avenue area that has resulted in numerous arrests and numerous seizures of weapons and whether this is connected to that we don't know at this point in time, but our investigation will also continue into what we were exploring over the past month."
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards said, "Somebody lost their life here and I don't care where you live or what your situation is. It needs to stop and the individuals who were involved in it need to be very worried about the fact that we're all over them."
Chief Sheppard says they are going to have a pronounced presence on South Plymouth and Jefferson Avenues as part of their "cool-down" intiative. They will have added foot and bike patrols around that area. Police are asking for the community to again help with any information about the shootings and are urged to call 911.