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Sunday violence in Rochester
Rochester, N.Y. - Neighbors who live in relatively quiet areas in the city of Rochester experienced a violent Sunday morning. According to the Rochester Police Department, four people were shot in two separate shootings.
The first report of gunfire came from the 500 block of Brown Street, where a 26-year-old woman was shot in the upper body.
The resident of the home where the shooting occurred said she had hosted a birthday party for her friend at her house Saturday night.
Witnesses said a fight inside the home on Brown Street, sent more than 20 people out into the front yard. There were two people physically fighting, said neighbor Carlos Caraballo. One of left and came back, after that we heard the three shots.
According to the resident, the birthday girl was shot on the front porch of the home.
Friends of the victim said she is now listed in stable condition, recovering at Strong Hospital.
According to police, the preliminary investigation suggests the 26-year-old victim was not the intended target.
Thats very scary, Joyce Knight said she was almost caught in the crossfire of the second shooting Sunday morning.
Police said three people, an 18-year-old man, 22-year-old man and 17-year-old girl were shot in front of a home in the 100 block of Pierpont Street around 2 a.m. All are expected to survive.
Knight said she woke up to the sounds of people arguing but the shouting quickly escalated to shooting. Knight said she heard at least nine shots, The shots were really loud they were practically very close to the house.
Across the street from the location of the shooting, Knight said two stray bullets hit her home. One hit the post on her front porch; the other went in just inches below her window.
You never know how close it's going to get to your home, Knight said she and everyone else in the neighborhood is lucky no one was killed. By the grace of god I'm still here, Knight said, but it's unfortunate others got hurt.
According to police, investigators are following up on a number of leads in both cases but at this time, it does not appear the two shooting are related.