Updated: June 28, 2021 06:59 PM
Created: June 28, 2021 04:56 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — An 18-year-old man was killed, and three others were injured in a shooting in the parking lot of the Walmart on Hudson Avenue in Rochester.
Officers were called to the parking lot around 12:50 a.m. Monday for the report of shots fired. Police say the four victims were taken to Rochester General Hospital by private vehicles.
An 18-year-old man, later identified as Angel Gonzalez-Pagan, died from his injuries. A 43-year-old man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Two other men — a 23-year-old and a 31-year-old — suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Rochester Police initially reported that a 15-year girl was shot, but now say that while she was in close proximity to the gunfire, she was not injured and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Capt. Frank Umbrino says there were several hundred people in the parking lot when a fight broke out. Nearly 50 gunshots were fired from multiple weapons, according to police.
Police are still determining if there is a connection between the shooting and the fight. A witness said he heard multiple shots and saw people gathered in the parking lot with ATVs doing wheelies and donuts.
"It's terrible, ya know," Capt. Frank Umbrino said during a briefing early Monday morning. "It's another tragedy we're facing, unfortunately. We've had way too many of them. The next question I'm sure you're going to ask me is what is causing all of this. I don't know. At what point in a child's life do they learn that it's okay to shoot somebody or to harm somebody?"
Following the city's 35th homicide of the year, Umbrino had a message for parents.
"Know where your kids are. Their life may depend on it," Umbrino said. "Be a parent, be a role model, set a good example. We have to teach these children that this behavior is not okay. Wherever they are seeing this behavior, that's where the root cause of all the violence that we're having is."
Watch Umbrino's briefing in its entirety in the video player below. Mobile users, click here.
No suspects are in custody. Anyone with information or cell phone video of the shooting is asked to call 911, the Major Crimes Unit at (585) 428-7157, Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300, or email MajorCrimes@cityofrochester.gov.
Police tell News10NBC the Delta Sonic is currently closed. Walmart is open, but customers and employees have to use a back entrance. Hudson Avenue between Ridge Road and the 104 ramp was shut down for several hours but has since reopened.
Hudson Ave between Ridge Rd & the 104 on ramp is closed as officers investigate. Shooting happened just before 1 a.m. Police say at the time several hundred people were on scene, a fight broke out and around 20 shots were fired from multiple weapons. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/wg06uoiGLk— Raven Tiara Brown (@WHEC_RBrown) June 28, 2021
Hudson Ave still shut down after shooting in Hudson Ave Walmart parking lot leaves one dead. Shooting happened around 12:50 this morning. I’m told Walmart is currently closed. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/rMifhfhpQw— Raven Tiara Brown (@WHEC_RBrown) June 28, 2021
Deborah Bryant lives in the high rises across Hudson Avenue from Walmart. Because of the heat, she was sitting on the porch at 1 o'clock Monday morning.
"They're all mad because of the d*** COVID," Bryant said. "They can't get a job, but I don't know what that fighting was for up there."
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean asked her what she remembers seeing or hearing.
"I thought it was fire crackers for one," Bryant said. "You know the ones you pop, throw down and pop? But then I was like 'Let me get off this balcony' because I didn't know which was it was coming."
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Monday morning's violence was "heartbreaking and appalling."
"As I have stated too many times, we cannot legislate morality. What happened this morning, culminating in the shooting of four people and the death of an 18-year-old is heartbreaking and appalling. I continue to support the efforts of our police department to quell this violence with the assistance of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police. We must also continue efforts to provide all of our citizens, particularly our children, with alternatives -- most importantly, a quality education, access to jobs and support services. So every person, every child, can believe in their future and choose to pursue it. I continue to pray for all of the families affected and I ask all those of faith in our city to join me."
Malik Evans, the winner of the Democratic primary election for Rochester mayor, released the following statement:
“I am heartbroken by the shooting that occurred in the Walmart parking lot last night. We are seeing too many deaths at the hands of gun violence in Rochester. Stopping the cycle of violence must be the priority of everyone in the community. Our younger generation cannot live in fear. They deserve to live in safety and peace. Policy changes only go so far, and must be coupled with changes at an individual and community level so we do not see violence like we have seen over the past 6 months. I urge anyone with information on this tragedy to come forward. My thoughts are with the families of the victims of last night’s shooting, and I will continue to pray for peace in our city.”
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