Updated 10/17/2012 10:34 PM
Neighbors React to Quincy Street Double Homicide
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Rochester's homicide rate has already surpassed last year's.
"Violence is not down, violence has escalated and escalated," said Madine Brown-Long. "In fact, it's just the middle of October."
Brown-Long says she works in the neighborhood off Quincy Street with families of murdered children. She and others say they were discouraged to hear about the shooting at a home on Quincy Street, which bumped up the city's homicide count from 32 to 34.
"I see a lot of it, and you know what, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired of what's going on around here," said Brown-Long.
Police say 19-year old Cameron Patterson and 29-year old Russell Prout were shot and killed during an interrupted robbery.
"Our preliminary investigation has revealed that this was not a random act. The location was specifically targeted relative to illicit activity related to drug sales," said Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.
Sheppard says according to the preliminary investigation, the shooting was drug related and Patterson's motive may have been robbery.
"This is basically bad boys doing bad things with bad outcomes. Obviously, we don't wish this type of solution to the problem. We don't look for this type of outcome for anyone," said Sheppard.
"It saddens us. It saddens us a lot because these are neighbors. These are people in the community whether they are doing bad or not. These are people that's losing their lives and instead of turning an eye, something needs to be done about it," said Melechia Walters, Rochester resident.
Police believe more people were involved in the shooting. They are depending on the community's involvement for help.
It's something resident Simon Craddock believes is a remedy.
"I think if the neighborhood would get more involved in what is going on in the neighborhood, than we can stop a whole lot of stuff," said Craddock.