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Updated: 03/28/2014 6:40 PM
Created: 03/28/2014 5:27 AM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts
The East End will be full of people this weekend, but there are safety concerns, especially after a shooting early Friday morning on Charlotte Street near Captain’s Attic bar.
Police say a 22-year-old man was shot. His name is not being released and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
But the shooting has a lot of people who visit and live in the area upset.
The owner of Captain’s Attic says he wants to set the record straight. He says his bar had nothing to do with the shooting that left one man injured.
William Green, Captain’s Attic owner, said, “Basically, I'm assuming someone saw him and recognized him. It could have happened in a Burger King drive thru, it could have happened at Wal-Mart if they saw him there. Obviously, those people know who it was. They weren't customers of this bar that did the shooting.”
William green is firing back against complaints that his bar, Captain's Attic, was somehow involved in Friday morning's shooting. He says the incident happened up the street and after hours.
Alice Chester said, “The sad part of it is, it's not unexpected. It seems like every time you get up in the morning you're hearing about another stabbing, another shooting, another robbery and this is ongoing.”
People who live and work in the area like Alice Chester and Jeff Edgerton say violence has been on the rise in the area.
Jeff Edgerton - There's been some carjackings around here in the last few weeks. So, yeah, it's obviously a concern and especially to hear about a shooting. That's definitely an escalation of violence that I hadn't heard about before.”
That same concern is hitting business owners.
Moe Alaimo , former president of East End Business Alliance, said, “We've worked very, very hard to make East Avenue, on this side of East Avenue, very safe. Everyone has a good time. We have no problems with police. We have no problems. It's that good down here. So when we hear this building so close, with all this stuff going on, it's not good for the area.”
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren agrees.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “The East End is a very popular area for our city. We want to have a vibrant area, but we also have to hold the people accountable.”
Mayor Warren says the police chief is working on a plan to make the East End safer. Police have been called to Charlotte Street 130 times since last October.