Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - In his first news conference as interim chief for the Rochester Police Department, Mark Simmons said his department will do whatever it takes to find the people responsible for shooting five people in three separate shootings Thursday.
The shootings took place within a four-hour span, ranging from Wilkins Street to Genesee Street.
At 4:30 p.m., Markwaun Williams, 24, and Justin Siler were shot while on Wilkins Street near Hudson Avenue. Both were taken to Rochester General Hospital, where they later died from their injuries.
Rochester Police investigators stressed that there are multiple witnesses in this homicide investigation and pleaded anyone with information to come forward.
Just before 8 p.m., a 17-year-old was shot in the lower body on Weeger Street near Thomas Street. He is expected to recover from the shooting.
Approximately 10 minutes later, two more people were shot at the intersection of Genesee and Hawley Streets.
Officers said Gregory Williams, 20, and Jaquan Fields, 22, were taken to the hospital. Williams remains in guarded condition as of Friday afternoon. Fields was treated and released.
At the news conference Friday morning, Chief Simmons said the RPD will be coming for those responsible.
"The RPD will not tolerate it," Simmon said. "And we will do everything in our power to make sure the individuals responsible for violence crimes in the city of Rochester are held accountable."
In a statement posted to her Facebook page, Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded with people thinking about being violent to consider other choices.
Anyone with information about the shootings should call 911, the RPD Major Crimes Unit at 428-7157, or Crime Stoppers at 423-9300.