Man killed on Bernard Street as neighborhood planned to celebrate fewer homicides

Bernard Street, Rochester (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - A man has died after being shot in Rochester Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the area of Bernard Street and Hudson Avenue in Rochester around 4:30 p.m.

"I just heard a pop," one neighbor said.

Police say 65-year-old Thomas Hardaway of Rochester was shot at least once and died at the scene.

According to police, 24-year-old Paul Horn of Rochester has been arrested and charged with second degree murder and robbery.

"We were all shaken up," said Chiara Smith, Program Manager for a neighborhood group called "Save Our Youth."

Smith says members were canvassing the neighborhood as the shots were fired.

"It fuels the desire to continue doing this work," Smith said.

Ironically, "Save Our Youth" planned a free BBQ event this Saturday, celebrating 371 days free of homicides in the area. The event will not be canceled.

Still, neighbors along Bernard Street are feeling uneasy knowing that someone on their block lost their life.

"He's a good person," a neighbor said. "If you need something, you want something, he'd give it to you."

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