RPD: Five shot, one fatally, at Rochester home rented to film a music video
UPDATE: Rochester Police say five men were shot – one fatally – at a home on Illinois Street rented to shoot a music video on Tuesday night. RPD Chief David Smith said the video was to commemorate a murder victim from years ago.
Chief Smith and Mayor Malik Evans spoke at a press conference about the shooting. Smith identified the man who died on Tuesday as 24-year-old Jahkeem Douglas. He said one of the wounded gunshot victims is hospitalized in critical condition and the rest have injuries not considered life-threatening. The surviving victims are ages 19, 20, 22, and 30.
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Smith said there were about 30 people in the house and 20 gunshots were fired from multiple weapons.
Mayor Evans said most shootings in the city are because of disputes between people, which could be avoided by using words instead of weapons.
“We have to use our words and not let it escalate into violence and not let it escalate into violence,” Evans said.
Police say the house was rented through Airbnb. The music video was in memory of Deandre Jenkins, who was killed on June 10, 2019 on Fourth Street. His murder remains unsolved.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to send an anonymous tip to 911, 311, Crime Stoppers at 423-9300, or City Hall at 428-7045.
You can see the full news conference here:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Police are still searching for suspects after one person was killed and four wounded in a shooting on the city’s northeast side.
This happened on Illinois Street near Atlantic Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The victims, all male, range in age from 18 to 30. Police have not yet identified the man killed.
As officers responded to the shooting call, four victims showed up at Rochester General Hospital via private vehicles. One of them was pronounced dead. Another is in critical condition. The other two have injuries not considered life-threatening, according to police.
Police found the fifth victim, a man in his 20s, near the scene and he was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
“Our officers did everything they needed to do to obviously make sure the scene was safe to contain, first of all, locate the scene and then contain it and preserve evidence safely,” said RPD Captain Ryan Tauriello.
One neighbor found blood on her fence after the shooting at Illinois and Atlantic last night. Another neighbor thinks his garage was hit by a bullet.
There are no suspects in custody for the shooting. The Major Crimes Unit is investigating and anyone with information is asked to call 911.