Charlotte, New York – Some community members weren’t shocked to hear about the Friday morning murder at Ontario Beach.
“It’s not super surprising,” Catherine Kaye said.
She lives in the area and says she didn’t hear shots go off, but she knows people who heard police race to the scene. She says there should be a heavier police presence daily, not just for busy holiday weekends. “I feel like there is not any security down here overnight, so I mean are going to come here, congregate and drink and do whatever after hours because no one is down here telling them they can’t,” Kaye said.
Early Friday morning, a 30-year-old man was found shot to death in the parking lot at Ontario beach.
According to investigators, groups of people were partying around 3:30 a.m. when an argument broke out. That’s when shots went off. Our cameras on the scene caught heavy emotions. The Monroe County Sheriff’s office will have extra officers out over memorial day weekend. “We will have extra patrols out covering the county, county parks,” Deputy Brendan Hurley said, with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Beachgoers say, because of the lack of security at night, they don’t stick around after the sun goes down. “During the day like right now I obviously don’t feel unsafe, it’s more after hours,” Kaye said.
“I’ve heard of things happening here so I probably wouldn’t hang out here longer than I needed to,” Whitney Mattox said, while out with her young children.
According to Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, he thinks security is where it should be at the park, and its people are out late at night when they shouldn’t be. “Security at the beach was fine, my concern is making sure people are not hanging out there after hours, we had a shooting that happened at 3:30 in the morning we have people trespassing at 3:30 in the morning at the beach,” the mayor said.
An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.