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Neighbors react to shots fired in NW Rochester

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Two reports of shots fired in two days this week, both in broad daylight, now have some Northwest Rochester residents feeling uneasy.

The first incident happened Monday afternoon when shots were fired near Casey's General Store on the 4500 Block of 18th Ave. Northwest.

The second happened just a little over 24 hours later on the 3500 block of 18th Ave. Northwest, not far from John Adams Middle School. The school was put on a soft-lockdown as a precaution. Police recovered shell-casings from a semi-automatic weapon and three bullets from that scene.

Most neighbors we talked to didn't want to go on camera, but most agreed that these incidents are concerning.

One man says the crimes are making his wife want to move. "You know she's wanted to stay here forever, and now she says lets move right now and I guess my opinion is it's a random thing," he said. "It happens all over Rochester. I'm not really terribly worried although it seems to be getting more common."

Another neighbor said she's lived in Rochester since the 1960's and says she's worried. "It's always been a really quiet peaceful neighborhood," she said. "It's very upsetting that this is happening and my whole family feels that way."

Both cases are still under investigation. Police can't say if they are related.

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