The acoustic bodycounter

Boston City Council’s precious and presumably soon-to-be-deployed ShotSpotter gunshot detection system is once again providing tragicomedy in Rochester, New York:

Shalonda Simpson, 25, of Rochester was killed about 2:15 a.m. outside School 29 at 88 Kirkland Road. Police believe she was the victim of robbery.

Simpson died in a particularly violent time span on city streets. She was one of six people shot between 2:50 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The article doesn’t mention any arrests having been made in connections with the shootings, but there is good news:

[Police chief David] Moore said the city’s ShotSpotter gunfire location system also alerted officers. The system employs a series of microphones set up around the city, which can triangulate the location of a gun shot.

He said there have been a lot of ShotSpotter alerts in recent days.

So the pile of bodies with gunshot wounds wasn’t lying, bullets really have been flying over Rochester. ShotSpotter is one underwhelming piece of technology. Let me rephrase that: It’s an impressive piece of technology that has yet to be impressively put to use.