Police Chief Addresses Spike in Violence
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Police in Rochester have responded to 61 shootings so far this year, compared to 30 at this time last year.
Chief James Sheppard says his officers are working diligently to keep the violence in check.
There were two shootings in Rochester early Saturday morning. Shortly after midnight, 19-year-old Edward Ross was found shot to death on Avenue D.
There were two shootings in the city Tuesday. An unidentified 26-year-old man was found dead on Smith Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Sheppard says there is an ongoing feud between a group from the northeast quadrant of the city and a group from the southeast. He says police know who the players are and want to get between that dispute.
"We are reaching out to families to try to talk to young men who we know are armed and are retaliating and in each one of these circumstances. It's going back and forth,” Sheppard said. “And we're also going to be very proactive in how we go about policing, in particular, those to areas in the city."
Sheppard says much of the recent violence stems from house parties that are attended by young people with little or no supervision.
"What we need is information from our community telling us when we have large groups of young adults gathering, when they have information that there's going to be a party that's unsupervised, bring that information to the Rochester Police Department's attention."
Sheppard says police have been successful in the past to prevent those events from occurring. He also said that adults hosting these parties can be held accountable.