Rochester Central School District graduates were shot to death in the mass shooting early on September 19. Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander (19 years old) were at the house party on Pennsylvania Avenue where 3 0r 4 people got into a gunfight, said Capt. Frank Umbrino in front of the press on Saturday evening.
14 other victims got injured in the firing and were admitted to a local hospital along with two other people who tried to flee the scene. All of the victims of this incident are between 17 and 23 years old.
Umbrino also mentioned that the two graduates were from East High and a University Prep alumnus, not the intended targets.
According to the Capt., it was a small invite-only gathering that turned into 100-200 people as two nearby house parties joined in the house where the shooting took place in the Marketview Heights neighborhood. An argument between gangs got out of hand and started firing, the suspects in the gunfight fired more than 40 rounds that lasted for more than a minute. He also said how the police were running around to get the victims for medical treatment. One gun was recovered by the police in the house but didn’t look like it was used in the shooting.
Till now no suspects are in custody and the Rochester Police Department was aided by New York State Police, the Irondequoit Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is continuing, and police are required to interview dozens of witnesses, check the videos and examine forensic proof.
Capt. Frank Umbrino told journalists that New York has strict gun laws in the country but is yet filled with gun violence. He is not happy with bail reform measures and lack of accountability, that is the reason for the increase in violence in the state.