From the AP:
Gunfire at a yard get together killed two folks and wounded 14 others early Saturday in Rochester, New York, a metropolis that has been roiled in latest weeks by outrage over the suffocation loss of life of Daniel Prude.
As many as 100 folks had been on the gathering when the shooting began simply earlier than 12:30 a.m., Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons advised reporters.
Police had been nonetheless making an attempt to piece collectively who opened hearth and why. Simmons mentioned it was too early to say whether or not a couple of particular person was shooting or whom the supposed targets could have been.
A person and lady, estimated to be of their late teenagers or early 20s, had been killed, Simmons mentioned. Their names weren’t instantly let go. The 14 wounded by gunfire weren’t believed to have life-threatening accidents.
The performing chief mentioned no suspects had been in custody.
“This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions,” Simmons mentioned in a information convention held close to the house. “I mean 16 victims is unheard of, and for our community, who’s right now going through so much, to have to be dealt with this tragedy, needlessly, for people who decide to act in a violent manner is unfortunate and shameful.”
The shooting comes as the town in Western New York has been rocked by protests over Prude’s death, brought about when Rochester cops put a hood over his head to cease him from spitting, then pushed his face into the pavement and held him down till he stopped respiratory. The particulars of Prude’s loss of life solely emerged this month, resulting in allegations of a coverup and requires the arrests of the officers concerned.
On Monday, the town’s mayor fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, who she mentioned initially misled her concerning the circumstances of the March death. Other senior police officers introduced they might retire or depart prime command positions.
The performing police chief, Simmons, expressed frustration that somebody had held a big, late-night get together amid that tumult, apparently in defiance of a state ban on massive gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is yet another tragedy where individuals are having these illegal, unsanctioned house parties taking place in these properties, which — number one — is not safe because of COVID, because of the conditions,” Simmons mentioned. “And then you add in alcohol and violence and it just becomes a recipe for disaster.”
Officers responding to calls of photographs fired discovered “approximately 100 people” operating from the scene, Simmons mentioned. Before the decision, police weren’t conscious of the get together and had obtained no complaints about noise, he mentioned.
Pastor Marlowe Washington advised WROC-TV: “Whoever was the host of this party needs to be held accountable for this.”
The wounded had been being treated at native hospitals. Two extra folks had been damage whereas fleeing, the Major Crimes Unit mentioned in a tweet. Despite the dearth of arrests, Simmons mentioned there was no cause to imagine the neighborhood was unsafe.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren issued an announcement asking for “prayers and support for all involved.”
“I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible,” she mentioned.