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Warren directs Rochester Police to start 'targeted efforts' to curb violence in wake of 11th homicide of 2021

Updated: March 25, 2021 09:04 PM
Created: March 24, 2021 09:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Wednesday night she is directing the Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan to implement "targeted efforts" to stop violence in the city, amid the city's 11th homicide of the year Wednesday evening.

In a statement, Warren said:

“The violence we are seeing in our City and across our nation is beyond reprehensible. While the perpetrators and victims of this violence are known to each other in the vast majority of these crimes. The cycle of retaliation must end. Those engaged in this violence are giving those who want to see our community suffer exactly what they want. It is unacceptable. I have directed Police Chief Herriott-Sullivan to immediately implement additional targeted enforcement efforts to protect our community. I know that she will work tirelessly, along with our entire police department, to ensure the safety of our families and our neighborhoods.”

The statement came not long after police announced the death of a 29-year-old man who had been shot on Dewey Avenue and Magee Avenue just after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police originally said he was shot at least once, and believed his injuries to be non-life-threatening at first, but about an hour and a half after the RPD's initial release, News10NBC received an update that the man had died from his injuries.

The man had been taken to Rochester General Hospital by a private vehicle.

His death came just a day after Tuesday night's fatal shooting.

News10NBC looked at the numbers and found the following:

  • So far in 2021, there have been 57 shooting victims, 7 have died.
  • Through March 25, 2020, there were 29 victims, 3 died.
  • A total of 333 people were shot in 2020, 42 died.
  • 6 of the 11 homicides of 2021 have been in March. 5 have been shootings.

At the scene Wednesday, RPD Captain Frank Umbrino told reporters the department needs "the tools" and the support to conduct its enforcement on people who break the law.

"We know who the bad seeds are, it's not a secret," Umbrino said. "Like I said, the majority of the people in the city are good people, right now we have a small group of people who feel emboldened, and it's showing, and violence is going on every night."

The specifics of the targeted enforcement have not been detailed, but, Rochester Police are expected to hold a briefing Thursday to address the efforts. A time is to be determined.

With three months until the mayoral primary, News10NBC asked candidate Malik Evans how he would respond if he were mayor.

"I think we need to meet people where they are, the folks who are making these decisions and we need to make sure that we figure out what's going on with them to see how we can disrupt the violent tendencies that seem to escalate many times from simple disputes," Evans said.

In addition to Warren's comments, City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot sent the following statement.

“I join the Mayor’s call for an end to this violence. We must protect our community, our neighborhoods and each other. We must choose to be our brother’s keeper and not his enemy. If we don’t, we only harm ourselves. I support the implementation of additional targeted efforts to end this scourge of violence and I have full faith in Chief Herriott-Sullivan, EDC Anderson and our entire police department to do so.”   

As for Wednesday night's shooting, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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