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Gunman scare shuts down Lake Avenue

Updated: 07/24/2014 6:26 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 11:54 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

One of the busiest streets in Rochester was shut down for four hours Thursday and police found nothing in the home.

Officers feared a man with a gun was holed up inside the home on Lake Avenue, just north of Charlotte High School.

The Rochester Police Department SWAT team, dressed in camouflage, surrounded the house all afternoon. They were there because of what happened to a man, who is only identifying himself as Edward. He is renovating the home on Lake Avenue and went to check on it Thursday. That’s when he says he heard noises on the second floor.

Edward said, “When I turned the corner, someone hit me in the head with a clock and then one of his buddies hit me with a window pane.”

Edward was knocked to the ground. He says the two men, who attacked him ran out. When he got up, the two men were gone, but he heard another noise from the attic.

Edward said, “As soon as I got up, the area he was at, he puts his hand down and fires off two shots. Pop. Pop.”

Edward says he heard the bullets go by his head. He ran out of the house and called 911. Gary Shade could hear the police commands from his apartment. 

Shade said, “I was sitting up in my apartment and I heard several times someone say ‘come out with your hands up.’”

Police assumed the gunman was still in the house. The SWAT team surrounded the house. A helicopter circled the neighborhood. When police searched the house, they found nothing. The gunman was gone and so were the two other attackers. So now we have a city neighborhood locked down for the afternoon dealing with this reality tonight. 

Investigator Frank Camp, Rochester Police Department, said, “No, they don't have to worry about anything. The community, you are as safe as in your mother's arms.”





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