Rochester Dealing With ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Violence, Seeing an Almost 100 Percent Increase

Rochester Dealing With 'Unprecedented' Gun Violence, Seeing an Almost 100 Percent Increase

In response to the “unprecedented levels” of gun violence that Rochester, New York has faced this year, Mayor Lovely Warren declared a state of emergency on Friday. According to Warren’s order, gun violence in the city has been up 95 percent over the last year. As of Monday, Rochester has reported 301 shooting incidents this year resulting in injuries to 360 victims. On Thursday, another three people were killed in Rochester, bringing the city’s total homicides to 71 this year. In a joint statement with City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot, Warren said she issued the order to “ensure additional resources are brought to bear with one clear goal: removing violent offenders from our neighborhoods.” “These individuals have already committed crimes, are wanted for additional crimes and are most likely to be perpetuating the violence we’re seeing today,” the statement read. “This action ensures we are doing all we can to remove these violent criminals from our streets.” New York Governor Kathy Hochul has also agreed to provide additional personnel from the New York State Police to help combat gun violence in Rochester. Rochester officials are calling on residents to report any incidents they witness to law enforcement. “None of us can tolerate what is happening. The costs are, and have been, too great,” Warren and Lightfoot said. The local state of emergency will take effect at 12:00 p.m. on November 12. Warren issued a similar statement of emergency back in May 2020 amid the Black Lives Matter protests […]

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