Victims identified in Rome double homicide, suspect in custody

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two people are dead and one person is in custody following a homicide in the City of Rome early Tuesday morning.

Police were actively searching throughout the morning for Aaron Welch, 26, of Schenectady, a man they say stabbed two people in a residence at 319 Myrtle Street in the City of Rome around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Welch was found just before Noon hiding in an abandoned car behind an abandoned house on River Street. Authorities say Welch was injured, but did not say how he sustained those injuries.

Welch is accused of stabbing Stephanie I. Morrison, 22, of Rome and Shawn P. Kessler, 31, of Camden at the Myrtle Street residence where Morrison lived. Police say they found Morrison dead at the scene inside the house, but Kessler was alive when they arrived and was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Kessler later died from his injuries.

Police say they found several other people inside the residence who were not injured, but would not elaborate as of this writing.

In cooperation with law enforcement, Rome City Schools had been placed on a lockout, which means students and staff were allowed to move about the school, but no one was allowed to enter or exit the school. This differs from a lockdown, where everyone must remain locked in the rooms they were in at the time. That lockout was later lifted.

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