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Not clear if two Rome homicides are connected

By ANDREW DONOVAN

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Police are investigating a homicide outside the YMCA on Stevens Street in an alleyway, the second homicide in the city this week.

Police found the body after they responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Stevens Street and West Thomas Street, near the YMCA.

Authorities are not saying much about the victim except that it is an adult male and that he was killed by a gunshot wound.

Detective Commander Timothy Bates tells NEWSChannel 2 says the department is still in the beginning stages of this latest homicide and it is too early to tell if the two cases are related.

Jamey Jarvis lives in a home right outside of where the body was found Thursday night.

She says she and her two young children were sleeping and didn't hear any gunshots, but did wake up to sirens. She said, "Then I looked out and there was a dead body over there."

Jarvis says the neighborhood has gotten "scary" and she and her two young children will move in April.

Another woman who lives in the neighborhood, Vivian Rodriguez, believes the shootings are drug-related, something police have yet to confirm or deny.

Rodriguez says things are getting scary in that part of Rome. He said, "I'm like really upset, because this is the second time now in a couple days, so I hope they find out who's doing this, I really do."

People with information regarding this incident are asked to call detectives in Rome at 315-339-7715.

This past Tuesday, 50-year-old Charles DiGristine was found dead as a result of multiple gunshot wounds at his residence at 115 Lawrence Street. No arrests have been made in that case.

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