At the scene of the 11th homicide of 2021, I was asked 'Have you ever been shot at?' |

At the scene of the 11th homicide of 2021, I was asked 'Have you ever been shot at?'

Berkeley Brean
Created: March 25, 2021 06:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Thursday, we knew Rochester Police were going to talk about crime, a growing trend in homicides and shootings.

So I went back to the site of the latest person killed, the corner of Dewey and Magee avenues.

RPD says a 29-year-old man was shot, taken to Rochester General Hospital in a car and later died at the hospital

By March 25, 2020, there were five homicides in Rochester. 

When I was at the corner of Dewey and Magee, a man who lives in the neighborhood and who said he is a relative of the victim asked me “Have you ever been shot at?”

I replied “no.”

“Well, everyone here has,” the man said.

He went on to say it was part of life in the neighborhood. 

I relayed that conversation to the RPD brass at a news conference at the Public Safety Building Thursday. 

“That's a sad situation for anyone to relate to you because it's their reality because of what's happening,” said RPD Executive Deputy Chief Andre Anderson when I recounted the story.

In light of an increase in shootings where people are hit by at least one bullet, Executive Deputy Andre Anderson is in charge of an effort to identify who police call "prolific offenders."

Executive Dep. Chief Andre Anderson, RPD: “It is actually identifying people at the core of committing crimes and applying resources and people to identify them while making sure we remove them off the street.”

Here's a fact from the police Thursday: 61% of people arrested for possessing a gun in Rochester last year got bail at less than $5,000.

Anderson: “There are individuals that we know of in our last 25 shootings six of the individuals or six to 10 of them are on parole.”Chief

Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan: “How many are repeat offenders? How many are responsible for some of the shootings of homicides we're seeing?"

Fifty-nine people have been shot in Rochester this year. That's twice as many as this time last year.

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