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Man Shot Dead While Walking Dog Remembered
Rochester, N.Y. - Friends and family remembered a man who was murdered Sunday morning.
57-year-old Allen Hutchinson was walking his dog on Linnet Street in Rochester around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when he was shot and killed just a few houses away from his own.
“We heard about four to five gunshots about 30 seconds later we came out because we were a little bit unsure,” said Jessica Naus, who lives down the street. “We saw Al lying on the ground and the dog started to take off and you just saw his hand drop to the ground. People were screaming to call police, that Al was shot.”
Hutchinson was walking his 8-year-old German Shepherd mix, Ranger - something he did religiously, each day, every three hours.
Monday afternoon, neighbors were scared for their safety.
“I don't even want to live over here anymore, it's not safe,” said Dawn Palmer.
“I have three girls they’ll come out and go into my backyard to play,” said Naus, “Or we’ll go to my Mom’s house, she has a fenced in backyard and they’ll play there, they will not play out front.”
Those concerns brought Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard to the neighborhood on Monday.
“He [Hutchinson] didn’t fit our profile of someone who would be targeted and we understand that or we believe that it’s possible he was just an innocent bystander,” said Chief Sheppard. “I’m just coming over to check on the residents because I’m sure this isn’t something they’re used to happening on this street. And I just want them to know they have our support.”
Family and friends gathered outside Hutchinson’s home Monday evening to honor and remember him.
Starting with a prayer and then the Pledge of Allegiance neighbors spoke of Hutchinson’s love for the Marine Corps. He was a veteran, and his willingness to do things for others.
“He would shovel out your driveway if he could,” said Naus.
Hutchinson’s brother-in-law Richard Diponzio said he worried about the neighborhood, but Hutchinson was living in the home he grew up in.
“We figured he could take care of himself but what happened, happened,” said DiPonzio. “No matter what happens to you can't beat something like that.”
The Rochester Police Department is still investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers 585-428-9300.