Police increase patrol over holiday weekend
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CHARLOTTE, N.Y. (WHEC) – Some community members say, they weren’t shocked to hear about Friday mornings murder at Ontario Beach.
“It’s not super surprising,” Catherine Kaye told News10NBC.
Kaye lives in the area. She says she didn’t hear shots go off, but she knows people who heard police race to the scene. She says there should be a heavier police presence daily, not just for busy holiday weekends.
“I feel like there is not any security down here overnight, so I mean are going to come here, congregate and drink and do whatever after hours because no one is down here telling them they can’t,” Kaye said.
A 30-year-old man was found shot to death in the parking lot at Ontario beach early Friday morning. Investigators say groups of people were partying around 3:30 a.m. when an argument broke out. That’s when shots went off. Our cameras on scene caught heavy emotions. The Monroe County Sheriff’s office will have extra officers out over memorial day weekend.
“We will have extra patrols out covering the county, county parks,” Deputy Brendan Hurley said, with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Beach goers told us, because of lack of security at night, they don’t stick around after the sun goes down.
“During the day like right now I obviously don’t feel unsafe, its more after hours,” Kaye said.
“I’ve heard of things happening here so I probably wouldn’t hang out here longer than I needed to,” Whitney Mattox said, while out with her young children.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans says he thinks security is where it should be at the park, and its people out late at night when they shouldn’t be.
“Security at the beach was fine, my concern is making sure people are not hanging out there after hours, we had a shooting that happened at 3:30 in the morning we have people trespassing at 3:30 in the morning at the beach,” they mayor said.
Police are still searching for the shooter, and have not named the victim. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.