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Residents Fed Up with Violence After Shootings

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Rochester: Residents Fed Up with Violence After Shootings
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Those living in the entertainment district along St. Paul Street said they hoped the violence would calm down after four people were shot and another hit by a car as bars closed early Thanksgiving morning. YNN's Mike Hedeen has more on the story.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- They say the disturbances continued late Friday and early Saturday as patrons left Plush Night Club. As they did early Thanksgiving morning, residents documented the chaos.

"This just goes to prove a fact that there's a severe issue going on here if you're going to have the same thing occur two nights later, then we just heard last night also there were more issues with Plush Night Club. There's a deep seeded issue going on here," said Chris Woodworth, St. Paul Street Resident.

Residents of the St. Paul Quarter, many of whom have lived here five, six, seven years or more, say enough is enough. They plan on taking action in an attempt to get this place shut down.

They've established a neighborhood association made up of residents and business owners. Members initiated an email campaign directed at Mayor Tom Richards, Mayor-elect Lovely Warren, Police Chief James Sheppard and others at City Hall.

"We're asking them to look into the matter. I don't understand why they don't because there's a city code in place that would deal with this situation. We have meetings, we're registered complaints with the SLA (State Liquor Authority)," said Carmen Schaefer, St. Paul Street Resident.

Chief Sheppard says more fights broke out early Sunday morning and shots were fired. Police did recover a gun during their investigation. Sheppard says Plush is operating on a conditional license, and has been since it re-opened following a stabbing death outside the establishment in 2012.

"What we experienced Thanksgiving Eve and what we experienced over the weekend we're pretty sure it was generated by patrons of Plush. We'll address that in one of two ways, either we will revoke their conditional license or we will not renew the license when it comes up," said James Sheppard, Rochester Police Chief.

The St. Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association is sending letters to city leaders asking for a meeting to address the on-going issues at Plush. Sheppard says there are developments in the works that could solve this problem sooner rather than later.

"My understanding is there might be a change in ownership of the building and they're not looking to have a bar business inside their building. So these are all things that may change things on the short term in the very near future," Sheppard added.

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