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Man faces charges following shootout in downtown Rochester (updated)

Man faces charges following shootout in downtown Rochester (updated)

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - More than a dozen shell casings were recovered from the scene of Friday night's shooting in downtown Rochester.

The sporadic fire began around 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of East Center Street, near the Center Street Hotel. When officers arrived, they discovered bullets had struck the inside of the hotel, as well as the First Street parking ramp.

 
 

A 36-year-old man was taken to the hospital before police arrived with a bullet wound to his lower leg. He has since been treated and released.

Officers later located the suspected shooter, 34-year-old Calvin Dixon Jr., in the 100 block of Second Street SE. The victim, who is dating Dixon's ex-girlfriend, was able to make a positive identification.

Police said the confrontation began when the victim showed up to the hotel, where Dixon lives, with a group of friends. Dixon had allegedly been threatening the victim on social media.

According to the police report, Dixon and several other men came out of the building and surrounded the victim's car. As the vehicle drove away, the two groups began exchanging gunfire. 

 

Photo: Calvin Dixon Jr.

 

Fortunately, no bystanders were injured in the shooting. However, the number of rounds fired — and the scattered nature of the gunfire — made the shooting unlike any other in recent years, according to Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department.

Dixon is currently being held on charges of terroristic threats. However, the investigation remains ongoing and more arrests could be made.

Police said both Dixon and the victim have ties to local gangs.

Correction: A previous version of this story listed Dixon as 35 years old; he is 34.

 

Note: Location on map is approximate.


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