WATCH: One Dead, 3 Wounded In Walmart Parking Lot Brawl
Four people were shot, one fatally during a fight in a parking lot in northeast Rochester early Monday morning.
Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino said that an 18-year-old man died as a result of gunfire outside the Walmart SuperCenter, 1490 Hudson Ave. The man and three others were taken to Rochester General Hospital by private vehicle. Angel Gonzalez-Pagan of Rochester was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital.
A 43-year-old man was shot in the upper body, suffered serious injuries and is “fighting for his life,” Umbrino said. Two others — a 23-year-old man and a 31-year-old man — were both shot in the lower body and suffered injuries not considered life-threatening, he said.
Initially police reported that a 15-year-old girl was also shot in the parking lot Monday morning, but police later determined that she was not struck by a bullet. She was near the gunfire and was also taken to the hospital by private vehicle as a precautionary measure, Umbrino said.
Umbrino said that police were called to the parking lot around 12:50 a.m. after shots were fired. Several hundred people were gathered in the parking lot when the fight broke out. During the fight, nearly 50 gunshots were fired from multiple weapons.
It was not immediately clear whether those involved in the fight “had anything to do with the shots being fired” or if the shots stemmed from a separate dispute in the parking lot, he said.
“It’s terrible,” he said. “It’s another tragedy we’re facing, and unfortunately we’ve had way too many of them.”
The killing marks Rochester’s 35th homicide of the year and its 12th in June.
Umbrino also said that, in the hours before the Hudson Avenue homicide, gunshots were fired at and struck a vehicle at a plaza on Mount Read Boulevard. Police are investigating to see if the two shootings are connected.
Hudson Avenue was closed between East Ridge Road to Route 104 for most of the morning while police investigated at the scene. At least 40 evidence markers were placed throughout the parking lot and on Hudson Avenue. The road reopened before 11 a.m.
The store was closed at the time of the shooting.
Walmart remained closed to customers throughout the morning and reopened early Monday afternoon.