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Suspect 'on a mission' to kill his family in shooting spree

October 11, 2018 07:54 AM

Several families are grieving following Wednesday's deadly shooting spree in Rochester.

Police say 39-year-old Terrell Blake was on "on a mission" to kill his family on Wednesday.

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Blake shot and killed his 28-year-old ex and the mother of one of his kids at a home on Post Avenue. He also shot the victim's 25-year-old boyfriend in the home. Investigators say Blake then shot his 20-year-old son on Francis Street. Both men are expected to survive.

After leading police on a chase through the city in a U-Haul, Blake died after getting into a shootout with officers.

News10NBC spoke with the shooter's aunt who says her nephew had a long battle with mental health issues including depression.

"No matter what people think about TJ, he had family who loved him and he got cloudy," Juliet Blake-Lavan said. "I believe today he just couldn't reach for that. He was raised in the church, we raised him and no matter, what he's just a lovable kid."

As for the massive scene that unfolded across the city, 16 Rochester Police officers were involved as well as one sheriff's deputy. None of them were injured.

Police say this could have ended with more people being killed if not for the quick and brave action of everyone who chased down the shooter.

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