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2 shot hours after crowds left the 51st Puerto Rican Festival


As the 51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival came to an end on Saturday night around 10:00pm, the crowds exited the area of Parcel 5 and made their way up North Clinton Avenue. The crowds were peaceful while playing music, waving the Puerto Rico flag, and people just hanging out talking with others. North Clinton Avenue was closed to traffic as people drove ATV’s, dirt bikes, and cars up and down the roadway in celebration.

Organizers changed the event this year, with the event taking place 2 separate weekends and 2 separate locations. Yesterday’s event took place at Parcel 5 in downtown Rochester.

The Rochester Police Department was standing by and monitoring the crowds.


Around 12:30pm the Rochester Police Department began to close the roads around North Clinton Avenue as they were preparing to disperse the crowds. The Rochester Police Department worked with organizers and people within the crowd to start dispersing the crowds around 1:30am.

Around 3:00am Sunday morning the Rochester Police Department responded to the area of 1000 North Clinton Avenue for a report of multiple shots fired. When officers arrived on scene, they found a large group of people along with shell casings on the ground.

As police were at the scene, a 25-year-old male approached officers and advised that he had been shot. The male was transported by AMR to Strong Memorial Hospital with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body.


The male’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Shortly after the incident, a 32-year-old male arrived at Rochester General Hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

The Rochester Police Department has confirmed that the 32-year-old was also shot during the incident on North Clinton Avenue.

The 32-year-old victim's injuries are considered life-threatening.


No suspects are in custody.

The Rochester Police Department is advising anyone with information to call 911.

Stay with GSL Show for updates.

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