Inside the Evidence: Murder suspect caught on camera

July 25, 2018 02:53 PM

A Rochester father - murdered as children are heading to school. His two young sons saw him die. It's a shocking murder case that has never been solved. 

Not only was Efrain Orta, Junior shot and killed in broad daylight across from a city elementary school, Rochester Police have video and pictures of the shooter.


For the first time, Rochester police investigators showed News10NBC the video in its entirety. 

"It was 9 o'clock in the morning. There were kids going to school. There were buses out there," said Rochester Police Investigator Randy Benjamin. 

It was June 17, 2016.

Orta was getting his kids ready to go to School 54 right across from his home on Otis Street. Little did he know a gunman was waiting for him.

A neighbor's home security system caught the shooter on camera in the driveway next door. In the video, you can see the shooter pacing in the driveway for about 20 minutes. 

"We have him right there," said Investigator Benjamin. "We have the weapon in his hand."

Then the suspect runs next door. Orta was on his motorcycle that he was going to sell that morning. 

"He got shot five times," said Investigator Benjamin. "Three times in the back, once in the right wrist and he got shot in the chest."

Orta's seven and nine-year-old boys hear the shots and run out to the front porch. 

"Efrain almost collapsed right into his arms," said Investigator Benjamin. 

Their father dies right in front of them. The boys also saw the shooter.

The suspect then runs back into the neighbor's driveway, jumps on a bike and rides down the street. 

Orta's children weren't the only witnesses to the murder. Kids on a bus in front of the elementary school saw it happen. 

"Think about it. You're a seven or eight-year-old kid. You're sitting on a bus. You're waiting to get off a bus, and you see somebody get shot," said Investigator Benjamin. "You hear the shots." 

A police officer was also a block up the street at the time of the murder. He ran to the scene, but it was too late. Orta died on his front porch. 

The school was put on lockdown and kids were eventually sent home for the day. 

Investigators say the man who was going to buy Orta's motorcycle is not a suspect, and they have no motive. 

Two years later, despite having video of the suspect and multiple witnesses no arrests have been made. 

"There's no doubt in my mind that suspect lived in that neighborhood," said Investigator Benjamin. "They hung around that neighborhood, and there are people who know him."

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward in this case. If you have any information call (585) 423-9300. You can remain anonymous.   

Click here to see our WEB EXTRA as we take you frame by frame through the surveillance video of the suspect. 


Nikki Rudd

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