• Two Men Shot Inside Rochester Tavern During Altercation

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    (via the Democrat and Chronicle)

    Two men were shot early Sunday during an altercation inside a tavern on Rochester’s west side.

    The shootings occurred about 1 a.m. inside the Renaissance Cafe & Sports Lounge at 719 S. Plymouth Ave., said Capt. Wayne Harris of the Rochester Police Department.

    Harris said the two wounded men were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment and both underwent surgery this morning. One man was shot in the torso and the other in the lower body.

    Rural/Metro Medical Services reported that it transported two men in their 30s from the scene with life-threatening injuries. Rochester police did not release names or ages of the shooting victims.

    “Officers responded up here for a fight inside the bar,” Harris said. “When they got here, they actually heard some rounds being fired. Apparently they came from inside the bar.”

    Police shut down streets surrounding the business to investigate the shootings. South Plymouth was reopened to traffic after about 90 minutes.

    “I’m not sure whether the (wounded men) were part of the altercation that took place in here, nor am I sure what started the altercation,” Harris said.

    Harris said that investigators were talking to witnesses, but added that police did not have anybody in custody, nor had a weapon been found.

    UPDATE:

    Two men shot inside a Rochester tavern over the weekend are recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital.

    Jamaar J. Washington, 31, and Warren Meekes, 34, both of Rochester, were shot during a fight at the Renaissance Cafe & Sports Lounge, 719 S. Plymouth Ave., about 1 a.m. Sunday, said Rochester Police Officer Stephen Scott.

    Washington was shot in the abdomen and Meekes was shot in the leg, he said. Both men were taken to Strong, where they underwent surgery Sunday. Washington’s injuries were initially considered life-threatening.

    Both men were listed in guarded condition Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    Scott said officers are investigating to determine what led to the fight. It was not clear whether the men were the intended targets or involved in the altercation, Scott said.

    No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.

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