Tragedy struck a gathering in Rochester, leaving 16 people shot, with two dead.

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Credit: USA Today

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A mass shooting happened in Rochester just after midnight on Saturday, September 19, 2020. According to WKBW, the incident happened at a house on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Rochester Police Department are investigating after 16 people were shot and two teens pronounced dead at the scene. According to USA Today, more than 100 people were in attendance.

The Acting Police Chief of the Rochester Police Department, Mark Simmons said,

"This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions. Sixteen victims is unheard of, and for our community, who's right now going through so much, to have to be dealt with this tragedy, needlessly, for people who decide to act in a violent manner is unfortunate and shameful, and we're going to do everything that we can as a department to bring those people involved to justice."

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The victims who died are said to be a male and a female. The other 14 victims were taken to hospitals in Rochester to be treated for their injuries. According to police, a few dozen rounds were fired. Police haven't released any information about the suspect or a possible motive. If anyone has information about the shooting, authorities are asking them to send information, photos or video from the party via email to majorcrimes@cityofrochester.gov.

The Mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren, issued a statement,

"I’ve been briefed by Acting Police Chief Simmons on the shooting event which occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue in the City of Rochester. Our Pathways to Peace Team is on the ground and working with the victims and their families. I’m asking the community for prayers and support for all involved. This tragic act of violence has impacted many people's lives and families. I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible. As soon as additional information is available the police department will provide updates on this matter. Please keep our city in your continual prayers."