Man involved in Greece shooting near school faces federal charges

    Christopher Rivers is facing state and federal charges after shooting out of an apartment window in Greece. (Photo: Greece PD)

    A man accused of shooting a gun through an apartment window near an elementary school is now facing federal charges.

    Greece Police say Christopher Rivers, Jr., 22, of Greece fired gunshots from a unit at Affinity Orchard Place Apartments off of English Road on Jan. 25.

    According to court papers, a witness told police that several people were inside Rivers' apartment around 2:30 a.m. When that individual exited the bathroom, Rivers, holding a shotgun, reportedly walked over to a window, punched out the screen, and started firing.

    The witness told police that Rivers fired between six to eight rounds within 20 minutes. When police arrived, Rivers reportedly panicked and told everyone to leave.

    When officers arrived on scene, Rivers continued firing, according to police.

    Rivers' girlfriend and child were inside the apartment during the incident. No one was injured.

    After several hours, police were able to take 22-year-old Christopher Rivers into custody.

    The incident led to the delay of school by one hour at nearby West Ridge Elementary.

    According to court papers, a search of the apartment led to the discovery of a shotgun on a shelf in a closet in a child's bedroom and 12 rounds of ammunition in various places. Police found "numerous" shotgun casings inside the apartment and on the ground underneath the window.

    Rivers was convicted in Orleans County in 2016 of criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, so he was not allowed to possess any guns.

    He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.

    On Tuesday, Rivers was charged in federal court with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

    He remains in the Monroe County Jail.

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