North Winton Village neighbors shaken after mass shooting
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester Police say five men were shot – one fatally – at a home rented to shoot a music video on Tuesday night. It happened on Illinois Street in a neighborhood off Atlantic Avenue.
News10NBC spoke with residents in the neighborhood after the shooting. They said violence is rare in the neighborhood. One resident grew up in her home. Another has lived there for four decades. Both are now thinking of moving after Tuesday’s shooting.
“And six shots. Bang, bang, bang, bang. I thought they were coming through my walls,” Christopher Seager said.
Christopher Seager was home watching television when the shots began around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s the second shooting he’s heard this year.
“I know the police are trying but they’re under-manned,” he said. “The last mayor left us in a pinch and I was hoping that it would straighten out by now. It really hasn’t.”
Pasty Webster was listening to Christmas music in her home when shots broke out.
“I was sitting right there, decorating cookies,” she said.
On Wednesday, she found what appears to be blood on her fence from a victim who was trying to escape.
“Boy, this sure makes you think, ‘What’s going on?'”
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has twice as many gun cases this year than it did in 2018. This is the first murder near this neighborhood in three years and the first one in the neighborhood in eight years.
Tuesday’s shooting made Mary Coffey sick. She runs the neighborhood association.
“We need our police. And the majority of our police are doing the best to keep our city safe,” she said.
“Berkeley, we all have blood on our hands if we don’t organize all together to stop this.”