UPDATE 6:43 P.M. — Police have released the names of the three victims killed in the shooting, which took place at Pappy’s restaurant in Rochester, N.Y. According to police, 47-year-old Diane Phillips of Rochester is the suspect, having shot a woman at the restaurant early Wednesday morning. Just before 4 a.m., Phillips allegedly opened fire into a parked vehicle nearby, killing 46-year-old Donna Nichols of Rochester. It was also reported that Phillips fired several rounds into an adjacent car, crashing through a garage door before taking out one of the vehicles belonging to another victim. While Nichols was dead, Nichols’s friend, 49-year-old Connie McGee, was shot in the leg, and her son, 33-year-old Richard Greenwood of Rochester, was also injured.
According to Rochester police, Philips fled the scene after the shooting, and police have requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and are on a chase with Phillips. Phillips is described as a white male, 5’6″ in height, and weighing 165 pounds. Greenwood is described as being 5’10″ in height, and 150 pounds. McGee is described as being 5’2″ in height, and with a thin build, weighing 185 pounds. Authorities say that Phillips is also known to rob other businesses.
Original story, published 10:44 a.m.
A shooting in Rochester, N.Y., left two people dead and six injured, reports The Associated Press.
According to authorities, police began receiving calls of a “shots fired” at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, with a crowd of several dozen people standing nearby. Officers arrived and found 25-year-old Marcana Jones, of Rochester, with a gunshot wound to the chest. She died at the scene. Just before noon, 21-year-old mother Joy Morris, also of Rochester, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Police say that the women were celebrating a friend’s birthday and were not armed. Other victims reportedly include a 48-year-old man, 52-year-old Robert Moore, a 31-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old boy. All are described as having gunshot wounds.Tragic: Authorities have identified two people who were shot outside a Rochester, N.Y., restaurant Wednesday morning. The gunfire was first reported at about 9:55 a.m. at 838 Hillside Drive, NE
As is typical with these type of incidents, the names of the victims are being withheld until family members have been notified.
The shooting unfolded at the couple’s eight-year-old children, ages 7 and 10, according to a spokesperson for the Rochester Police Department. At the scene, a group of children waited on the street while police arrived.
Police swarmed the area and gave the children a ride to safety as smoke from burning debris was seen around the area. A woman, who declined to be identified, told WTEN.com that she heard gunshots as she was being interviewed by police.“It just got very loud, and then like, when I was outside, one of the police officers said he heard there was a shooting and put a perimeter on the area. When he realized what was going on, he did what he normally does. He put up an extra line.”
At this time, police are not releasing the identities of the victims, but say that some of the victims have been identified.
According to NBC News, Phillips, who was taken into custody, was described as having a prior felony arrest in 2013 and was previously charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, and reckless endangerment. Though Phillips was never charged in this shooting, authorities say that a search of Phillips’ home turned up a gun in his garage, which they believe was used in the shooting. Police also noted that they did not arrest Phillips for his bond violation stemming from a fight with his mother on Christmas Eve.