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New info on Rochester weekend violence
Rochester, N.Y. -- 59-year-old Willie Little of Rochester has been identified as the man shot and killed on S. Plymouth Avenue early Sunday morning.
Investigators believe Little was an innocent bystander who got caught in a hail of bullets.
Rochester Chief of Police, James Sheppard said, He was out with his wife enjoying a good evening and just happened to just be outside the establishment smoking a cigarette.
Friends said the recently retired 59-year-old was at Renaissance Caf and Lounge to celebrate with his wife and sister.
He came out of a bar and boom! said Willie Murphy, And unfortunately, he died and thats sad. Outside of her home on S. Plymouth, Murphy said, You could just go across the street and bang.
Little was one of seven people shot in two separate shootings over the weekend.
According to police, Kevin Holley, 18, Quentin Wright, 20 and Cordado Myles, 19 were shot on Jefferson Avenue, just before 11 p.m. Saturday.
About two hours later, Little was killed and Erica Fleming, 24, Robert Moultrie, 22 and Xavier Nelson, 21 were wounded on S. Plymouth Avenue.
Despite the timing and close proximity, investigators do not think the two shootings are related. Sheppard said, There is nothing that links up the parties as far as the victims that tell us that these two events are connected.
Police did not find a link between the two sets of victims and different kinds of weapons were used in the two shootings. Investigators believe a handgun was used on Jefferson Avenue and a long, assault rifle in the deadly shooting on S. Plymouth Avenue.
The younger people, they get crazy because there are a lot of guns around, Murphy said, And guess what, they try to resolve their problems with guns.
Sheppard pointed out police worked an extensive investigation that led to numerous arrests the removal of numerous weapons in the S. Plymouth Avenue area.
We did have some disputes going on in the Plymouth Avenue area, Sheppard said. As a result of those investigations we did a number of search warrants, made a number of arrests and seized a significant number of guns.
According to police, investigators are looking into a possible link between gang and drug activity and the fatal S. Plymouth Avenue shooting.