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2 stabbed to death at Rochester Salvation Army apartments

The suspect arrested was one of their neighbors.

Two men were stabbed to death at a Salvation Army apartment complex in Rochester, allegedly by one of their neighbors.

Rochester Police told Bring Me The News its officers were called to the Castleview Apartments, at 120 N. Broadway, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday following the report of a double stabbing.

There on the fourth floor they found two men with critical stab wounds, who after initial lifesaving efforts were pronounced dead at Saint Marys Hospital, according to a press release.

The men have since been identified as Phillip W. Hicks, 57, and Eric A. Flemming, 45, two residents of the complex.

Police stopped the suspect as he tried to leave the building from a rear stairway.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports the suspect is a 53-year-old man who's also a resident of the building, and who police say was "definitely under the influence of alcohol."

While investigations continue into why the men were killed, Police Capt. John Sherwin told the newspaper the suspect had previously "bickered" with the victims.

It's the first homicide in Rochester with more than one victim since 1996.

In a statement, the Salvation Army described it as a "terrible tragedy" but it couldn't comment further until it had been investigated.

The Castleview Apartments comprise 32 units providing shelter for the homeless, disabled, poverty-stricken or those with mental health issues.

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