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Shots strike two homes in southeast Rochester

By Bob Freund

freund@postbulletin.com

Shots were fired at two houses on Rochester’s southeast side on Wednesday night, with one bullet flying through an outside wall and into a living room.

Rochester police are investigating at least six shots fired from one or more handguns at about 9:30 p.m. Bullets struck two houses in the 300 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast. One person was in each house at the time, but neither was injured, Rochester police Lt. Dan Muyres said.

The residents told police they heard the gunshots but did not realize their homes had been hit.

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Police found six shell casings from 9 mm bullets at the scenes, which were several addresses apart from each other, the spokesman said. Each house was struck twice. At one house, a single bullet lodged in a living room wall, Muyres said.

Neighborhood residents described varying numbers of shots, but investigators have not found eyewitnesses to the shootings. It was uncertain whether the incident was a drive-by shooting, but one person on a nearby street reported hearing noise like a speeding car about that time.

The residents told police they did not know why anyone would want to shoot at their houses, Muyres said.

Early Labor Day morning, shots were reported and a shell casing was found in front of a house in the 400 block of 11th Avenue Northeast, about a mile away.

That scene, in turn, was close to the site at Fifth Street Northeast near Calvary Cemetery, where bullets hit two vehicles in mid-August.

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