ROCHESTER, NY – Local business owners say they’re concerned about the future of the East Ave bar district after a Memorial Day killing spree. The deadly attack took place at the Powder City station, just as an event was wrapping up.
Police say 41-year-old Kimanhi Hinds was shot and killed, while the incident was wrapping up around 2:00 a.m. A security guard was shot and wounded, but is recovering.
“It was very sad, you know, when we heard about it, this neighborhood has had a lot of activity lately,” said Zach Wheeler, owner of Have Hope Tattoo.
His concern is mostly at night.
“As far as large groups of people go, we notice a little more vulgarity, a little more activity,” he said. “I mean, there were a few robberies, carjackings, things like that.”
They’re going big soon. The reason, Wheeler said, is not entirely about safety, but relief.
Monday’s killing comes a few months after another killing in the same area. On January 23, 25-year-old Michael Mathis was found shot multiple times in a parking lot at Eastern Ave and North Union Street.
“We would love to see more police,” said Michael O’Leary, owner of Temple Bar and Grill. We understand that they are currently doing everything they can.
O’Leary said part of staying safe is being proactive.
“We get rid of or demote everybody that most people don’t like,” he said. But, you know, we have a couple people who leave because they don’t want to go around, and I’m fine with that.
It is these changes that make him feel hopeful for better days.
Ericetta Cost: What does time say about the East Avenue neighborhood, should you implement these policies first?
Michael O’Leary, owner of Temple Bar and Grill: “Everywhere downtown has changed, that’s just the reality. I think we can either ignore it or be proactive.
Rochester police tell me they have a central unit that polices the downtown area and a list for East and Alexander Bar.
News10NBC also tried to reach out to the East Avenue Business Association, but the business owners told me they haven’t heard of anyone moving it, in years.
They are not talking publicly about the owner of the Powder City station until the investigation is complete.
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