Violence throughout Easter weekend
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A violent weekend has police continuing to figure out ways to spread themselves out at crime scenes.
Two people are in the hospital after a double shooting on Clifford Avenue. Two victims in that shooting were men, ages 43 and 25. Police say they’re both expected to be okay. Sunday’s gunfire is the sixth shooting to happen over the last two days.
"We continuously have shootings every day, and we’ve had a fair amount of homicides already,” Rochester Police Captain Steven Swetman said.
Evidence markers covered the ground on Clifford Avenue on Easter Sunday after a double shooting happened during the dinner hour. This makes six shootings in two days. On top of that, there were two stabbings. Swetman says call volumes are high.
"On the afternoon shifts, we’ve been getting about 300 calls per shift.”
Swetman says there are only so many officers per shift—and most of the time they’re all pulled to respond to the constant calls for gunfire.
"It could take a whole platoon, a whole shift, to deal with some of these homicide scenes and shooting scenes.”
Just last week News10NBC was on the scene of a shooting on Salina Street. We heard some community members in that area giving police a hard time when investigators were searching for information. Swetman says with call volumes this high, police rely on neighbors.
"You got to see a little of what we deal with, we ask for the community help, we ask for information, I know that some people don’t want to put themselves out there, in fear of retaliation, we understand, but when we get critiques as the police to do our job and people might have information and don’t cooperate, it just makes it that much harder.”
Sunday’s shooting is still under investigation. Right now there are no suspects in custody, anyone with information is asked to call 911.