Two people have been killed and 14 others wounded following a shooting at a backyard party in New York. Interim Police Chief Mark Simmons told reporters a man and woman aged between 18 and 22 died during the incident in the city of Rochester, north of New York state, early on Saturday.
The 14 others hurt were taken to two separate hospitals. None are believed to have life-threatening injuries. Speaking near the crime scene, which appeared to span at least a block, Simmons said: ‘This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions.’
Officers were unaware of the party and responded to calls of shots fired to be confronted with the sight of ‘approximately 100 people’ running from the scene, Simmons said.
He added: ‘This is yet another tragedy where individuals are having these illegal, unsanctioned house parties taking place in these properties, which – number one – is not safe because of Covid, because of the conditions. ‘And then you add in alcohol and violence and it just becomes a recipe for disaster.’ The interim chief said no suspects were in custody, adding that it’s too early to tell whether there were multiple shooters.