Rochester Police to step up patrols after spike in violence

Posted at: 04/24/2013 10:29 PM
Updated at: 04/24/2013 11:43 PM

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said his officers will be out on the streets beginning Wednesday night doing proactive details, he announced at a news conference Wednesday morning.

The announcement comes after a spike in violence in the city in less than 24 hours.

On Tuesday night Police say four people were hurt, three seriously hurt,  in a home invasion on Jay Street.

Investigators say three or four masked men kicked in the door and started shooting. The last word News10NBC received is that police are still looking for suspects.

Before that on Tuesday there were two shootings within minutes of each other. Police say a 29 year-old victim was seriously hurt in a shooting on Frost Avenue.

Twenty minutes later, police say 36 year-old Howard Robinson was shot in the upper body at a home on Short Street. News10NBC checked with Strong Hospital Wednesday night and is told Robinson is in satisfactory condition.

At the news conference Chief Sheppard said the warmer weather could be playing a role in the recent uptick. He said his officers would be setting the tone early with these patrols.
“We're going to be clearing corners. We're going to be checking for guns. We're going to be doing the traffic stops and the bike stops, all those things because we know we have to set the tone and set it early,” said Chief Sheppard.

If you have any information that could help solve these cases police urge you to call 911.