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Rochester neighbors react to MLK Park curfew after mass attack: ‘I just want peace’

Rochester neighbors react to MLK Park curfew after mass attack: ‘I just want peace’

Rochester neighbors react to MLK Park curfew after mass attack: ‘I just want peace’

ROCHESTER, NY — No one is allowed inside Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park after 8 p.m., following a mass shooting that left one person dead and seven others injured.

“This is the area here where everybody basically comes out and parties,” said Mustafa Vick with the tenants association at 10 Manhattan Square, just across the street from the park.

That party turned into a pool of blood after the mass shooting in MLK Park on Sunday night. Ella Lockett says she woke up to chaos.

“I heard gunshots,” Lockett said. “I could hear sirens going around.”

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said: “I’m sick of this.”

Neighbors say the criminal mischief has become a nuisance, and things have only gotten worse. Vick went with News10NBC’s Marsha Augustin to the area, which he says is a late-night hangout for many.

“When the kids get here, a lot of them gather, they don’t come out for trouble just to hang out and have fun. It’s unfortunate that it had to turn into a tragedy,” Vick said.

Mayor Malik Evans announced Sunday that he is trying to turn things around and has set a curfew at 8 p.m. to keep people out of the park. Vick wants more safety measures put in place for neighbors. He doesn’t think the ban will help much.

“The police officers come and tell everyone to get out of the area, but as soon as the police leave they come back,” Vick said.

“I’m really sick and tired of it. I like the quiet where I lay my head,” Lockett said.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified says the problem is that criminals are coming into their yard. She agrees that things have gotten worse. She hears fighting at all hours of the night and is happy to hear that a ban has been put in place.

“In my window, I can hear them outside at any hour of the night. So it really needs to stop,” said the unidentified neighbor. “It’s just that we’re scared of all this going on down here.”

“I just want peace in Rochester NY,” Lockett said.

An employee at a business across the street from the park said it now closes four hours early on both weekdays and weekends.

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