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WDKX.com » Blog » Shots Fired At Liberty Pole
Sep 24th 2013 6:35 am
Shots Fired At Liberty Pole
by news

Rochester Police are still searching for the man they say fired a gun at the Liberty Pole. The shooting left many concerned about their safety downtown.

It's a sunny afternoon and downtown's busiest time of day when a fight broke out.

"All you here is boom. All you see is people running," said Jesse, a Rochester resident.

And gun fire soon followed.

"Firecrackers and you can actually smell it," said Wanda, another Rochester resident who did not want to give her last name.

Wanda says she was that close and feared for her safety.

"I ducked. Then I grabbed my grandmother, I told her to keep on running and keep on running and don't stop," she said.

Rochester Police say officers on downtown detail were responding to the fight when someone started shooting.

"We don't believe we have a rogue gunman on the loose. We believe it was part of this particular dispute down here," said Ray Dearcop, Rochester Police Captain.

Police say the suspect was wearing a navy blue jacket with a turqoise collar. He was chased by officers North on Franklin Street. He eventually got lost in the crowd on East Main Street.

"We have a large number of officers that are detailed down here daily to address the large number of students that are bused down here. It certainly continues to be a challenge for us," said Dearcop.

Dearcop says RPD is adequately staffed downtown. But downtown resident Jason Engert believes it's still not enough.

"They should have a lot more police down here. They should not let the kids get off the bus down here, they should get them off at school not here," said Engert.

He says Liberty Pole fights can seem like a common occurrence at times, but this isn't something he's used to.

"The fights yes, the gunshots no," said Engert.

Police say no arrests were made. And thankfully no one was hurt.

Rochester Police say two officers responding to the Liberty Poll shooting were involved in a two car crash.

Police say the officers were driving the wrong way on a one way street when they were hit.
This happened at the intersection of Campbell Street and Grape Street on the city's northwest side. Investigators say the police cruiser had lights and sirens on when they drove east on Campbell Street.

A southbound car on Grape Street hit the cruiser on the left side. Three adults ages 18, 19, and 20 were in the car.

The driver was ticketed for driving with a suspended permit. All five were taken to Strong Hospital for complaints of pain. Police say the injuries seem to be minor at this time. They say the accident will be investigated internally.