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Three Dead, Four Injured in Drive-By Shooting at Rochester Boys and Girls Club

By Staff



Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli

A total of seven people were shot in a drive-by shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club at 500 Genesee St. Wednesday evening, after a basketball game.

Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and Johnny Johnson were killed, and four other victims were injured during the shooting. Authorities said the survivors’ injuries were not life threatening.

According to Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, shots were fired into a crowd that gathered after a basketball game a few minutes before 11:30 p.m.

“At least one or more occupants in the car fired shots from the car into the crowd that had gathered after a basketball game at the Boys and Girls Club,” Ciminelli stated. “At this point, there was no problem at the Boys and Girls Club. There was no problem with the basketball game.”

The police chief vowed to find the person responsible for the crime.

“We are bringing every resource that we have to bear on this,” he stated. “We will run this down and found out who did this. This was an outrageous act. We intend to find out who did it and bring them to justice.”

Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dwayne Mahoney reportedly released the following statement to the club’s board of directors regarding the matter:

“Last night at the top of the parking lot near the Boys and Girls Club a drive by shooter killed three people and injured four more, many of the people were leaving project step up basketball game.

I want to make it abundantly clear that to our knowledge no one from the crowd or the players had anything to contribute to this heinous act. We have been operating project step up all summer and have never had any issues amongst players or the crowd which was also the case tonight. Most of the crowd had already left and were going home including most all of the players that played in the game. The kids that were attacked at the top of the sidewalk were walking home and had lingered for a bit at the top of the parking lot.

We will keep you updated as you will hear many versions of what happened but we want to make it explicitly clear that neither the players nor any people in the crowd did anything to my knowledge to provoke this, this was simply the act of a madman.”

Bullets also hit the Jordan Health Center, which is nextdoor to the Boys and Girls Club.

The organization released the following statement, in part, regarding the matter:

“The Jordan Health family shares in the grief of the families of the victims of last night’s shooting. This is a tragedy not just for the families who have suffered loss, but for the entire community around our Woodward Center.”

“Our immediate focus is on our patients and staff who also are affected by this tragedy. We are rescheduling patients who have appointments this morning to other locations, and hope to be able to see our patients this afternoon.”

Police said anyone with information regarding the shooting should call 911.