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Robbery suspect held store manager at gunpoint ahead of fatal shooting

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Police provided new information Friday about a fatal shooting at a Rochester Family Dollar.

Investigators say Simran Gordon, 24, was the man who entered the Family Dollar on West Main Street in Rochester on Wednesday night and held the manager at gunpoint. They say customers were inside the store at the time and an employee was able to get to the back to call 911.

Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said two officers responding to that call walked into the ongoing robbery. She said Gordon ran through the store and he and the officers opened fire. Gordon was killed in the shootout.

“It all happened in less than a minute,” Herriott-Sullivan said. “That’s how the meeting was quick.”

The officers were not injured. There were also no customers or employees.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office took over the investigation, as did protocol for any fatal shooting involving a police officer in the state.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and body camera video worn by officers. Police said the video could be made public as early as next week.

Police are investigating Gordon as a suspect in two other fatal shootings – one from 2020 and one from 2021 – in which three people were killed. Herriott-Sullivan said more specific information regarding these incidents would be released once the families of these victims were notified.