One man was killed, and seven others were injured after a shooting at The Mexican Village nightclub early Sunday morning.
According to authorities, officers in the area heard gunshots at around 2 a.m. Feb. 7, and responded to the bar at 547 State St.
Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli declined to give the victims’ names, but said the individuals had been between the ages of 21 and 30.
A 29-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The six other victims were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, and one 26-year old man remains in guarded condition, hospital officials stated. The other individuals sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
According to police, the shooting appeared to have stemmed from a fight which happened outside the bar.
“This was not a general act,” Ciminelli stated. “It stemmed from a dispute between parties in a single location.”
Police interviewed about 40 people a the location following the shooting, and Ciminelli said the victims’ families were notified as part of the ongoing investigation.
In addition, Rochester City Councilman, and chairman of the Public Safety, Youth & Recreation Committee, Adam McFadden, said continued gun violence is unacceptable in the community.
“This is not a police problem, but it’s a problem with our citizens, at least some of the folks in our community who think they can solve problems with violence and gunplay,” McFadden stated. ” You’re talking about cowards who think this is the only way they can solve problems.”
Mayor Lovely Warren has also issued the following statement, in part, regarding the matter:
“Yet again, someone in Rochester reached for a gun to resolve a conflict. And, yet again, another life is lost, innocent people are injured, families are devastated, and our entire city is suffering. Yet again, one senseless act makes us ask: Why?
Why is it that some people can only use violence to cope with a situation? Why is a gun the tool of choice to settle a dispute that certainly cannot be worth the cost of so much suffering?”
Warren also went on to say the person responsible for the crime would be arrested, and had forfeited his or her “right to walk free in society.”
“Finally, I want to once again offer my deep appreciation for the men and women of the Rochester Police Department for their rapid response to last night’s incident, which brought calm to a chaotic crime scene, and preserved valuable evidence in those crucial moments,” Warren stated. “Your dedication to the citizens of Rochester is beyond measure.”