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Innocent bystander, hit by gunfire last night, speaks to News10NBC

Created: 09/04/2014 5:20 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

An innocent bystander was caught in the crossfire Wednesday night on Hudson Avenue.

We spoke with the man who was shot along with Officer Daryl Pierson who was killed as a result of that gunfire.

Jamal has asked us to withhold his last name. He tells us he was out walking his dog last night with his two-year-old daughter when the shooting happened. He’s not talking about the incident but he did want to pass this message along. "I just want to thank everybody for their prayers right now but the main focus is the officer and his family. That's what everybody needs to be focused on. I'll be alright."

Jamal says the doctors were unable to remove the bullet from his leg. He says he's in pain but otherwise doing okay.

Meanwhile, Jamal's neighbors are still shaken and say they're sick of the violence

One person said, “People don't understand that people use guns and resort to violence. They don't understand that bullets travel and there's innocent people around.”

People who live in the area of Hudson Avenue are still shaken by last night’s deadly shooting of Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson. Most of them didn't want to go on camera in fear of retaliation in a neighborhood where the violence is continuing to increase.  

Five years ago, just two blocks from where Officer Pierson was shot and killed, Officer Anthony DiPonzio was shot on Dayton Street. Thankfully, DiPonzio survived. But people who live here say when cops are being killed -- they simply don't feel safe.

Another person who didn’t want to be identified said, “I mean that’s somebody's father, brother, son. That's just ignorance and I really feel like that's what’s wrong with the world today.”

Nicole Snow says she was walking out of a convenience store when the shooting happened. She says all she could think about what getting home to her child. “I got a 12 year old to get home to. I couldn't stand by to see who was shooting the gun. It was very scary, very scary. I feared for my life. I grew up around here my life and I just don't feel safe no more. I don't know what to do.”

We asked the parents in the neighborhood how they keep their children safe. They told us they have to keep their kids inside as much as possible.



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