Car Bombing Update

( – The start of 2024 in Rochester, New York, was tragically marred by a horrific car bombing that claimed three lives and injured several others.

The incident, which occurred around 12:50 a.m. on January 1, involved a Ford Expedition filled with gas canisters crashing into a Mitsubishi Outlander near the Kodak Theater, where a concert had just concluded.

The driver of the Ford Expedition, identified as 35-year-old Michael Avery from the Syracuse area, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

Police Chief David Smith of Rochester provided details during a Tuesday press conference, noting that Avery’s family mentioned he might have been grappling with undiagnosed mental health issues. No journals or suicide notes were found by law enforcement.

The crash, which happened a few blocks from the concert venue, resulted in a fierce blaze that took firefighters about an hour to control. The two passengers in the Outlander, Justina Hughes, 28, and Joshua Orr, 29, died at the scene. Rochester officials expressed deep sympathy for the loss of these young lives.

Among the other victims, one faced life-threatening injuries, and all were rushed to a hospital. Geoffrey Rogers, an independent reporter, shared footage of the crash’s impact with Fox News Digital, describing the scene as unprecedented in his experience.

Avery had been staying in a Rochester hotel, approximately an hour and a half’s drive from his Syracuse residence. The motive behind his actions, including why he targeted pedestrians and rammed another car with gas canisters, remains a complex mystery that investigators are diligently working to solve.

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans echoed the widespread confusion and concern during a press conference, emphasizing the numerous unanswered questions surrounding the incident.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was involved in the investigation, following standard protocol for such cases. However, Jeremy Bell of the FBI clarified that there’s no evidence so far of any ideological motivation or link to terrorism, whether international or domestic.

The events leading up to the tragic incident began on December 27, when Avery traveled to Rochester and checked into a hotel in Greece, New York. Over the following days, he rented a Ford Expedition and made several gas purchases in Monroe and Ontario counties. The fateful crash occurred as concertgoers were leaving a performance by the rock band moe., who expressed their profound shock and sadness at the tragedy.