Recent shooting raises concerns over safety in the East End

Updated: 06/06/2014 6:22 PM
Created: 06/06/2014 6:17 PM WHEC.com

Two men were shot coming out of the Magic City Night Club on East Avenue in the East End. Late Friday afternoon, News10NBC talked to the head of security for the nightclub. He says the shooting was targeted and was the result of an ongoing fight between two gangs.

The shooting happened in the parking lot. During the day, the parking lot is for the teacher’s union. At night, it is parking for the night clubs like Magic City across the street.

Police say the two young men shot had just come from Magic City. Both men survived the shooting, but the impact of it could be felt on East Avenue Friday.

Christy Jones, works in East End, said, “We work pretty much directly across the street from there.”

Christy Jones and her co-workers were headed to lunch on East Ave. 

Jones said, “I still feel safe during the daytime. I wouldn't come here at night.”

Mark Saltrelli said, “So to hear that it was here was kind of surprising.”

The owner of Magic City used to own nightclubs on Saint Paul Street in the city, which has a reputation for violence after hours. Bar and restaurant owners on the East End say they tried to block him from opening Magic City this year. News10NBC tracked the owner down to talk about it. 

Berkeley Brean asked, “A lot of the business owners didn't like the fact that you were coming into the East End and tried to block it because they were worried that this kind of stuff was going to happen.”

Bob Monteneri, Magic City owner, said, “Hmm. I don't have a comment for that.”

Bob Monteneri says it was a peaceful night at the club. 

Brean asked, “So do you take any responsibility for a shooting on the East End because the victims came out of your place?”

Monteneri said, “Well the responsibility we're taking is that we're working with the Rochester Police Department with their investigation to try to apprehend whoever, the shooter, because we don't know.”

Police say they don't have a suspect. The New York State Liquor Authority has questioned bar owners in the East End about Magic City and another bar called the Captain's Attic. News10NBC contacted the authority to find out what it's trying to do, but it hasn't answered our questions. 

People concerned about what happened can call the New York State Liquor Authority’s complaint hotline at 518-474-3114. They can also call the Rochester Police Department or 311. People can also talk directly to the mayor and Rochester City Council. The next meeting is June 17. Public comments start at 6:30 p.m. 

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