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Teen gunned down on Robert Warfield Court Sunday



Rochester, New York – On Sunday night, a 17-year-old was shot and killed in northeast Rochester.

According to Rochester Police, they responded to a scene at the corner of William Warfield Drive and Robert Warfield Court a little after 7:30 p.m.

Jeremiah Baker was shot in his upper body and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, at the time of the shooting, the teen had his bike with him and other kids were playing basketball nearby. No other injuries were reported. Police believe the teen was targeted.

“You’ve got to monitor your kids,” Capt. Adam Radens said. “You’ve got to know where they are at all times of the day and the night. Make sure they’re home at a decent hour. Know who they’re hanging out with. Monitor social media. That’s a big thing these days. You can find out a lot about your kids if you monitor social media.”

Jeremiah lived on William Warfield Drive. He attended the Rochester City School District’s Youth & Justice program, which is for students with mental health challenges or those who have been part of the juvenile justice system.

Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small issued a statement Monday morning: “In less than two weeks, we have had two students fall to gun violence and I am absolutely distressed, hurt, and angry. We mourn at a time when our scholars should be celebrating proms, graduations, and plans for summer vacation. Again, we must come together as a community to protect our children from these senseless acts that take them from us far too soon. We send our deepest condolences to Jeremiah’s family and friends.”

No arrests have been made, Rochester Police Department said.

An investigation is underway.