Updated: June 12, 2021 11:17 PM
Created: June 12, 2021 02:25 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A boy in his early teens was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured in a double shooting on Genesee Street in Rochester.
Officers responded to the area of Genesee Street and Earl Street just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the reports of shots fired.
Capt. Frank Umbrino said the victim in his early teens was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the University of Rochester Medical Center. While investigators were at the hospital, Umbrino said the 14-year-old victim showed up with at least one gunshot wound. Umbrino said his injuries are non-life-threatening at this time.
Umbrino said the two victims were walking down the sidewalk on Genesee Street when the suspect or suspects opened fire on them. He said at least a half-dozen gunshots were fired at the victims. They ran behind a house near the corner of Genesee and Cottage streets to get away from the gunfire, Umbrino said.
"I'm disgusted," Umbrino said. "We have a 14-year-old shot. We have another young man in his early teens also shot, walking down the street. I'm just leaving a soccer tournament where there's hundreds of kids playing soccer, having a good time with their parents. And then we come out here, and you got two kids walking down the street in broad daylight, gunned down. Enough. Enough. People got to stand up."
Police have not yet provided the name or age of the boy killed or the name of the 14-year-old. Umbrino said the teens were acquaintances but are unsure of the relationship at this time.
News10NBC spoke with people who live in the neighborhood about what they observed Saturday afternoon.
"The safety right now is chaos on Genesee Street, and it's really not safe for kids," Brittany Ward, who has two young children and lives directly across the street from the home the boys ran behind.
Ward and her children were home at the time of the shooting, and she says she thought it was fireworks.
"This street usually be quiet," Ward said. "I had my kids outside. And that's one thing, I'm speaking today because they could have been one of my kids, you know?"
When News10NBC was interviewing Ward, she was also being questioned by police investigators. She says she was one of the first people to call 911 when she realized what had happened.
"I seen a man slumped over," Ward said. "I seen blood, he actually was shot, when I seen him, he was shot on the side, he was holding his side."
Mohamed Sheikh has lived in the Genesee Street neighborhood for 15 years. He explained to News10NBC what it was like growing up there.
"They don't care about your age," Sheikh said. "They will say, 'if you're 15, I'll sell drugs to you.' Like, I remember people used to say that all the time. Maybe around 13, 14 they start seeing you as equal, so if you do anything to them, they don't mind shooting."
When News10NBC reporter Emily Putnam asked Sheikh what he thought it was going take to make his neighborhood safer, he said, "It's mostly like the culture, like the mentality of the people. Usually, when bad things happen, you know, it's kind of like our… there's a rule, like unwritten rule that says don't call the cops."
Rochester mayoral candidate and City Councilmember Malik Evans released a statement on the double shooting.
"I am heartbroken by the news of today’s double shooting and the death of a 14-year-old today on Genesee Street. This tragic incident is Rochester’s 26th murder so far this year. Our recent spike in violent crime is another sign that we urgently need to stem the flow of illegal guns into Rochester and give our youth alternative paths. I will pray for this child’s family and for peace in our city."
News10NBC reached out to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's office for comment, but we have yet to hear back.
No suspects are in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or the Major Crimes Unit at (585) 428-7157, or Crime Stoppers at (585) 432-9300, or email MajorCrimes@cityofrochester.gov.
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