RPD: 3 people shot, 1 killed on Monroe Avenue | WHEC.com

RPD: 3 people shot, 1 killed on Monroe Avenue

Updated: April 09, 2021 06:14 PM
Created: April 09, 2021 04:41 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester man was shot dead and two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting Friday morning.

Rochester Police say they went to the scene at Monroe Avenue near Meigs Street around 1 a.m.

Officers say a group of people got into an argument, and then multiple shots were fired. Police say none of the victims were the shooters, but police couldn't say if they were part of the fight.

The man died at the scene, while the two others were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Friday evening, police identified the man who was killed as 19-year old Matthew Williams of Rochester.

News10NBC spoke to William Merkel, who says he witnessed the shooting.

"I think the person who was running was shot at first and he was retaliating in defense of his own," Merkel said. "He shot back but he dropped first. When I came up to the corner he was in the middle of the street yelling for help."

Officers believe there are potentially two shooters, but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the Major Crimes Unit at 585-428-7616 or email MajorCrimes@cityofrochester.gov


Friday morning's deadly shooting in the city of Rochester's second homicide in April. The first happened on Mead Street on Thursday. In March, there were 10 killings in the city.

So far in 2021, we've had 19 homicides. At this point last in 2020, we only had seven, in 2019, there were six by April 9, and in 2018, two people had been killed.

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