Neighbors describe hearing '7, 8 shots' in deadly Rochester Police shooting | WHEC.com

Neighbors describe hearing '7, 8 shots' in deadly Rochester Police shooting

Emily Putnam
Updated: May 14, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: May 14, 2021 12:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police shot and killed a man early Friday morning during a traffic stop on Glasser Street near Masseth Street.

The victim's mother has identified him as Mark Gaskill, a Rochester man in his 20s.

Neighbor Shateisha Carter told News10NBC Reporter Emily Putnam she was woken up by the sound of gunshots.

"It was about 4:52 in the morning, I heard about 7, 8 shots, and then about six, seven minutes later the police were flying by, blocking off the street," Carter said.

Police said one of the people in the car refused to get out of the car, and a short time later, officers "observed a handgun in the suspect's possession." During the "interaction," officers said police shot into the vehicle, striking the suspect and killing him.

Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said at least nine shots were fired, but she did not say by who.

Police remained on the scene for several hours but cleared out by noon. A medical examiner's van left shortly before a truck towed out a car with a shattered back window around 10:45 a.m. All that was left was a pile of broken glass on the street.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James will be investigating the shooting. Locally, some questions still remain, like if the man fired any shots, if there were other people in the car with him, the identity of the man, if a gun was recovered, and why police thought the victim's car could have been tied to an initial ShotSpotter activation. 

Mayor Lovely Warren has demanded police release the body-worn camera footage, which police said, is a work in progress,

The Rochester-based activist group Free the People Roc released a statement on Facebook to also demand the release of the footage.

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