ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Rochester Police Department is investigating a mass shooting at a gathering at a home on Pennsylvania Avenue near Short Street just after midnight Saturday morning.
Police say 16 people were shot at a backyard party. Two people died at the scene, both believed to be teenagers, one male and one female. Their names have not been released yet because police are in the process of confirming their identities and notifying their families.
The other 14 victims were taken to Rochester area hospitals. Seven victims are being treated at Rochester General Hospital and nine victims are being treated at URMC. Police are still obtaining information on the nature of their injuries, but as of Saturday morning, the department released information that "all are currently believed to be in stable condition."
Police say "several dozen rounds" were fired at the scene. Police describe the scene as "extremely chaotic" when they arrived, and spanning several blocks.
No suspect information was available from police on Saturday morning, and officers are not commenting on any possible motives. The Rochester Police Department is asking anyone with information, photos or video from the backyard party to call police or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department is being assisted by New York State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Irondequoit Police Department in its investigation. It expects to release additional information on the investigation Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren wrote:
I’ve been briefed by Acting Police Chief Simmons on the shooting event which occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue in the City of Rochester. Our Pathways to Peace Team is on the ground and working with the victims and their families. I’m asking the community for prayers and support for all involved. This tragic act of violence has impacted many people's lives and families. I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible. As soon as additional information is available the police department will provide updates on this matter. Please keep our city in your continual prayers.