"A lot of the violence that we've seen the last couple of days has been dispute related, it's not random," said Rochester Chief of Police La'Ron Singletary. "It's targeted violence of individuals who are cashing out disputes and beefs that they've had previously."
Following the shooting of a 8-year-old girl and 21-year-old on Ripley Street, the new chief promised to make it "very uncomfortable" for people carrying illegal guns in Rochester.
On Tuesday several local agencies teamed up to hit the parts of the city hit hardest by recent violence.
The Rochester Police Department, Monroe County sheriff's deputies and state police are all involved in the statewide Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative.
"We're going to be doing a lot of targeted enforcement identifying some of these individuals we believe are involved in some of these shootings," said RPD Capt. Peter Leach. "We're also going to do a lot of proactive street-level initiatives, corner clearings and try to make the neighborhood safe."
Officers will continue the initiative throughout the summer months. They encourage community members who may have information on a recent crime to anonymously report it.