Investigators are still trying to piece together who opened fire and why.
James said protesters who believe they have witnessed police brutality should contact her office's civil rights bureau "so that we can determine whether or not we will seek jurisdiction in investigating the activities between Rochester protesters and the Rochester Police Department". "I offer sympathies and support to all of the victims and their families whose lives are forever changed".
This March 23, 2020, image taken from police bodycam video released by the Rochester, New York, Police Department, shows police arresting Daniel Prude after allegedly putting a hood on him.
A man and woman, estimated to be in their late teens or early 20s, were killed, Simmons said.
Speaking near the crime scene, which appeared to span at least a block, Simmons said: "This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions". "Sixteen victims is unheard of".
"Assemblyman Harry Bronson said that", This needless and senseless act of violence angers me and is yet another example of the work that is undone.
The other 14 victims were taken to Rochester area hospitals.
Police say "several dozen rounds" were fired at the scene.
One peyewittness speaking to 13Wham News said the gunfire sounded "like the Vietnam War".
The suspect or suspects remain at large, and police have not released any further details at this time.
Warren said she spoke to the party's host, who said she "invited a couple friends over, who invited a couple friends over who invited a couple friends over". Other senior police officials announced they would retire or leave top command positions.
Simmons, who just took over as acting police chief this week, criticized the "illegal, unsanctioned house parties" amid the coronavirus pandemic. And then you add in alcohol and violence and it just becomes a recipe for disaster, ' Simmons said.
Police were not aware of the party beforehand, and had not received any calls for disturbance, Simmons said. The names of any of the victims have also not been released.