Police: Attempted robbery leads to shooting on Alexander St.

Updated: 07/19/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 07/19/2014 9:46 AM WHEC.com

Rochester Police say an attempted robbery turned into a shooting in the city’s south wedge on Friday night.

Officers responded to a call for a shooting on Alexander Street between South and Clinton avenues just before midnight.

When they arrived on scene, officers say they found a 49-year-old city man who had been shot in the upper body. Police say it appears the man was shot during an attempted robbery.

Witnesses say the man, who goes by Cliff, was sitting on his porch with a friend when a man walked up and demanded his wallet. They say when Cliff refused; the other man shot him and fled the scene.

Neighbors say it’s scary to see this kind of violence in, what they say, is such a nice part of the city.

“I do like this neighborhood, and I’ve always felt safe here otherwise. It’s just an artsy kind of area, and I never really thought of it as being unsafe. I guess it can happen anywhere, and you just have to be careful,” said Vanessa Paniccia, a concerned neighbor.

“Nothing like this has ever happened in this neighborhood. We’ve been here for 47 years. Not even a fist fight. I’m terrified, seriously terrified, because it has never been like this,” said Diane Lee, neighbor.

Investigators say the victim is in stable condition.

Authorities say the suspect in the shooting is a male in his 20's with dreadlocks.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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