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Police look for double shooting suspect

Rochester, N.Y.-- As of Wednesday evening, the search continues for homicide suspect Marcus Freeman.

Freeman, 26, is accused of shooting a man and a woman on Pullman Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The female victim, 27-year-old Walsey Alvarez, died at Strong Memorial Hospital from her injuries.

The 34-year-old male victims remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Rochester police believe that Freeman knew the victims and is calling the case a domestic incident.

On Wednesday afternoon, police had located Freeman's vehicle and searched for him in the air and on the ground, but Freeman could not be found.

Since the shooting took place late in the morning, there were several neighbors who were outside at the time.

One neighbor who lives in close proximity to the Pullman Avenue home where the shooting happened did not want to be identified. She was outside in her driveway when the entire incident went down.

She explained that around 10:20 a.m. she was in her driveway talking to her daughter and her boyfriend who were in the car about to pull out of the driveway when she saw a person in a silver Chrysler pull up to a red car parked across the street.

The neighbor says the suspect fired several shots into the front window of the car and that's when she ducked behind her daughter's car to take cover.

Then she said that the suspect drove onto the sidewalk and started shooting at a small group of people in the front yard. Then the neighbor said she saw the suspect go into the home.

When the suspect went inside, many of the people who were in the yard fled the scene. The neighbor says the suspect came out of the car a few minutes later and then left.

This neighbor recalls the suspect being methodical and taking his time. She estimates that he could have been on scene anywhere between three to five minutes.

Another neighbor aided the man and Alverez immediately after the shooting. This neighbor also did not want to be identified, but she too, says the shooting lasted a long time.

She says Alverez was in rough shape and meanwhile she heard the male victim continue to yell out, "It was Marcus! It was Marcus!"

According to court paperwork, Freeman was recently indicted on a rape charge, a Class B violent felony, back in June. His next appearance was set for September.

Prior to that, he was released from New York State prison in 2011 for a criminal weapons charge.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley confirms that Freeman had posted $20,000 bail and was out on bail at the time of the Pullman Ave. shooting.

She considers Freeman to be armed and dangerous. Doorley also felt that there was a general threat to her office and her employees so the Watts Building that houses the District Attorney's Office was closed for the day and only people with credentials were allowed in. Three armed Monroe County Sheriff's deputies were also guarding the door.

Marcus Freeman stands at five feet, nine inches tall and is 184 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police say they do not know if he has fled the area, but there is a county-wide alert out for him.

If you happen to see Freeman, police ask that you do not approach him and call 911 instead.

Angela Hong
13WHAM News

 
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