Another violent weekend on the city's southwest side
Posted at: 08/25/2013 7:26 PM
| Updated at: 08/25/2013 11:19 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
It's the neighborhood they have grown to love, yet some residents of the city's 19th Ward say they're afraid to walk the streets.
Just a week after a man was killed and six others wounded on the city's southwest side, more violence breaks out.
This time, four people are shot and one man is killed, all within a matter of hours Saturday night.
Rochester police tell News10NBC the fatal shooting happened on Elba Street, near Magnolia Street, around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Police say they found a 28-year-old man dead inside of a car, with a fatal gunshot wound to the upper body.
Three hours later, three men were shot on Gardiner Avenue, near Chili Avenue. One of those victims, a 20-year-old man, is still at Strong Memorial Hospital in serious condition. He suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. The other two men, a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, suffered non-life threatening injuries to their lower body. They were treated and released from Strong Memorial Hospital.
These shootings have left many residents wondering when the violence will end.
Imagine constantly having these violent incidents in your neighborhood and not having any answers. That's what is frustrating some residents in the 19th Ward.
For some, the 19th Ward will never be the same.
“It's very scary. Very scary,” said Linda Hainz, 19th Ward resident.
After two weekends full of violence, leaving two dead and 11 people shot, residents say constantly looking over their shoulder is their new reality.
“You can't help but wonder if in fact , you're going to be in a place that you're going to be caught up in it,” said Hainz.
“Just going anywhere and not knowing if you're going to be shot or not,” said Willie Nash, 19th Ward resident.
Violence may be nothing new for this neighborhood, but it's the frequency that has many concerned. For these residents, it seems it's inching closer and closer to their homes
“It's just a shame. We are killing each other. It's not good. We should be able to live together, prosper together,” said Nash.
Police do not have any suspects in custody from any of the recent violence, forcing these residents to sit back and wonder when will it all end.
“They've got to get more aggressive,” said another 19th Ward resident.
“Life goes on you know. I hope they will catch the guys that (have) been doing the killings and the shootings and stuff like that, get them off the street. We don't need those types of people on the street,” said Nash.
Police say the man that was killed in one of last week's shootings was just standing on the sidewalk. They say he was minding his own business, just like a woman News10NBC spoke to on Sunday. She said said three bullets went right through her home. She says she was lucky because innocent people are dying because of all this violence.
One way you can help is if you see something, say something. You are urged to call 911 if you have any information that can help police with any of these investigations.