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Rochester gets a grant to ease gang violence

Rochester, N.Y. A program called Cure Violence has helped to reduce shooting in Chicago and Baltimore by up to 73%. Now the city of Rochester will pursue a similar program with the help of a state grant.

Community leaders say the people most likely to shoot each other are in their 20s or younger. They know each other and target each other.

On Depew Street in March, someone shot and killed a 36-year-old man. At a vigil there the next day, someone fired a gun into the crowd seriously injuring two people. This is the kind of retaliatory violence the interceptor program will target.

Theres a shooting or an argument and that leads to a shooting and that leads to more shootings, says Mike Green with New York Criminal Justice Service. The idea is if you can get in the middle of these things early, and either prevent the initial shooting or prevent the retaliatory acts, you can really keep violence down.

Rochester has received $281,000 to train people to become interceptors. They will use techniques proven effective in other cities to identify when conflicts are raging in a specific neighborhood--and intervene before the violence erupts.

The street outreach could begin this summer.

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