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Police identify 18-year-old shot and killed on Genesee Street

The scene from Genesee Street Photo: News10NBC. The scene from Genesee Street

Updated: June 13, 2021 08:21 PM
Created: June 13, 2021 06:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)—  Rochester Police have identified the teen killed in a double shooting on Genesee Street in Rochester Saturday afternoon.

Police say 18-year-old Christopher Wood and a 14-year old boy were shot in broad daylight as they walked down the sidewalk on Genesee Street near Earl Street just before 1:30 p.m.

Police 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.

The 14-year-old victim showed up at Strong Memorial Hospital with at least one gunshot wound. Wood was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Police said the Sunday the 14-year-old has since been released from the hospital.

Wood's murder marked the 26th homicide in Rochester in 2021, and drew responses from both police and politicians. 

"The outrage needs to go to the people that are doing this," Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino said on Saturday. That's where the outrage needs to go, both from our city leaders as well as the other community members. We know who the people are doing it. If they get locked up, they get let out. So, we need to focus our outrage on the people who are committing these heinous acts like the one today where two young teenagers walking down the street get shot."

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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