Mayor Lovely Warren comments on string of violence in Rochester |

Mayor Lovely Warren comments on string of violence in Rochester

Updated: August 26, 2020 05:18 PM
Created: August 26, 2020 04:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says it's "disheartening" to see all the illegal guns on Rochester's streets as the city deals with another round of violence.

The mayor says the city is going after both guns, and people who commit gun crimes.

She spoke out Wednesday and said the Rochester Police Department has been trying to be proactive and stop the pipeline that ends with people getting shot.

Tuesday night, four men were shot and wounded in an incident on Flower Street.

They are all expected to survive.

The mayor says over the past seven weeks, police have managed to seize 200 illegal guns, and she says she's been conferring with

Police Chief La’Ron Singletary to keep that process going.

"But we can't legislate morality,” Warren said. “We can't… We legislate consequences. So. The thing is. We are focusing on bringing these people do justice that are picking up these weapons but also getting the weapons off the street. We have had success since the curfew has gone into effect."

The mayor says her emergency order banning late, large gatherings has reduced gatherings on Rochester streets and has successfully reduced the number of violent incidents between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

She says the police department has been coordinating with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to cut off the flow of illegal guns into the city.

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