Names of Rochester shooting victims released

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — The names of the victims of a Sunday morning shooting outside the Mexican Village bar in Rochester have been released.

One person was killed in the shooting and seven others were injured. Every victim was a Rochester resident.

29-year-old Ernesto Ayber was killed. Jeffrey Benson, 21, Jorge Colon, 26, Jose Lugo, 21, and Elsie Berrios, 25, were treated and released.

Robert Garcia, 30, and Dominic Rosario, 23, remain hospitalized in satisfactory condition and David Rosario, 26, is hospitalized in guarded condition.

The shooting spawned from a 2 a.m. fight that moved outside, according to Rochester Police.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement on the matter:

“Yet again, someone in Rochester reached for a gun to resolve a conflict. And yet again, another life is lost, innocent people are injured, families are devastated and our entire city is suffering. Yet again, one senseless act makes us ask: Why?

Why is it that some people can only use violence to cope with a situation? Why is a gun the tool of choice to settle a dispute that certainly cannot be worth the cost of so much suffering?

We know the answers to these questions are buried deep in a myriad of issues we are trying to resolve. But none of those issues – not one – offers an excuse for an action like this. As we strive to make our city better, all of our efforts begin with a love and appreciation for human life and the knowledge that every man, woman and child has a right to reach their full potential. We cannot and will not tolerate this level of depravity and wanton disregard for human life.

My heart aches for the friends and families of the victims, and I ask our entire city to join me as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

To the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime: Make no mistake. The Rochester Police Department and all of our partners in law enforcement will not rest until you are apprehended and brought to justice. You have forfeited your right to walk free in society. Your arrest will make our streets safer — and you will be arrested. Anyone who tries to hide you or help you escape justice will also be arrested. You will not find a safe harbor in our city. You ended your own life as you know it when you reached for that gun.

Finally, I want to once again offer my deep appreciation for the men and women of the Rochester Police Department for their rapid response to last night’s incident, which brought calm to a chaotic crime scene and preserved valuable evidence in those crucial moments. Your dedication to the citizens of Rochester is beyond measure.”

Police continue to investigate the incident and ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (585) 423-9300.

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