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Chief weighs in on city violence

Rochester, N.Y. -- The Rochester Police Department seized seven illegally owned weapons from the Plymouth Avenue in late July.

Part of an ongoing, extensive investigation, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said police are making progress but they still have a lot of work to do.

We think its significant, Sheppard said, But again, at the same time, we still have an issue we need to address.

Eleven people were shot, two killed, in four separate shootings over the last two weeks.

Obviously with the level of violence and level of devastation these events cause, it brings us great concern, Sheppard said. We understand the impact it's having on the neighbor.

With no arrests or suspects, Sheppard said the police need the publics help. In hopes of getting people to come forward with information, Sheppard said the community needs to know the dangers that exist in the Plymouth Avenue Exchange Area.

Police displayed those dangers Monday; five semiautomatic weapons and two hand guns seized in the last couple of months.

According to police, gang presence in the area sparked the investigation that led to the seizure of guns and multiple arrests.

Whether the weapons seized or the people who illegally possessed the gun are related to the four recent shootings is not known.

Sheppard said investigations are ongoing and asked anyone with information about the shootings or gang activity to call police.

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Washington Times