Police arrest a man, 18, and a woman, 19, as suspects in shooting death on Dewey Avenue
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester police continue to investigate the shooting death of a man outside a business overnight on the city’s northwest side.
Police say 28-year-old Jevonte Huff was shot at the Sunoco gas station on Dewey Avenue. It happened after a fight, and he was then rushed to the hospital. Officials say Huff was not the intended victim, and was hit by a stray bullet.
Through an investigation, police found out there was a drive-by shooting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Agnes Street. Police say the occupants of the vehicle drove by and fired shots at an unknown target.
Police say no one was hit or injured during that shooting.
Later on, officials say police saw the vehicle from the Hudson Avenue shooting and tried to conduct a traffic stop. After a short pursuit, police arrested 18-year-old Naveair R. Stewart and 19-year-old Thailea Arryo after they fled on foot.
Police recovered a 9mm handgun from the two and confirmed that the vehicle and suspects were involved in both the Hudson Avenue and Agnes shots fired as well as the murder of Jevonte Huff.
There are several businesses in the neighborhood where the shooting took place, and the owners say they have seen a spike in violence, so this shooting doesn’t surprise them.
Saturday evening it was quiet, and things seemed back to normal but overnight a few hours before sunrise that was not the case.
Police responded to the Sunoco gas station close to 4:30 p.m. That’s where they found the 29-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to Strong Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.
Witnesses said there was an altercation involving multiple people in the parking lot before it escalated to a shooting.
Businesses in the neighborhood said they are not surprised. These shooting happen all too often and would like to see something done about the increased violence in the neighborhood.
“I mean it’s kind of frustrating that people are dying left and right out here. But as I said, it’s happening so much, we are getting used to it. It’s a part of the city now,” Anthony Brooks, Master Barber at Champions Barber Shop said.
Police say Stewart and Arryo have been charged with murder in the second degree for the shooting death of Huff and multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Arryo has also been charged with prohibited use of a weapon for the shots fired at Hudson Avenue.
Officials say both Stewart and Arryo will be arraigned on August 28 in Rochester City Court.