Two people are dead and over a dozen were injured after a shootout and shots fired at a warehouse in the early morning hours in Rochester.
It happened around 3:45 a.m. on the East Side of Rochester. Police said there were at least six people involved in the shooting. Authorities believe that the victims were all struck by gunfire.
Two men were killed at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department identified them as 51-year-old Steven Slade Johnson and 42-year-old Eric Sellers. They were both employed at Rigstad Memorial Engineering of San Diego, California. Both men are survived by a 4-year-old daughter.
Police said that the gunmen opened fire on the employees in a dispute over a missing rope. The employees confronted the robbers after the rope was found.
Images of the shooter were posted on social media. Police said that he was arrested and charged with shooting at an occupied structure, willful injury, aggravated assault and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The two deceased victims have been identified as 69-year-old Robert Johnson and 42-year-old Timothy Sellers. Two police officers were also injured during the struggle.
When responding to the scene, police also received a call about a dead person. This homicide was immediately reported to the Rochester Police Department.
“Based on our initial examination of the crime scene, we are convinced that this was a targeted incident, which was not random. Based on our information at this time, this has likely been an act of domestic terrorism,” said Sheriff Jim Alderden.
Medics are treating at least three injured people for gunshot wounds. According to investigators, they’re treating the injuries as shooting-related. The two dead victims have yet to be identified.
Rochester is just outside of New York City. The city is about 95 miles north of Syracuse.