Teen and 3-year-old in critical condition after shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are searching for a gunman who shot two young boys Monday evening.

Authorities told News 4 that both children sustained serious injuries and are reportedly in critical but stable condition at Women and Children’s Hospital. They were shot around 8:30 p.m. Monday, on Fennimore Avenue on Buffalo’s east side near Kensington and Bailey Avenues. Both boys are expected to survive.

The boys are 3-years-old and 14-years-old, and police say they are not related to one another, do not live in the same home or live on the street where the shooting happened. The 3-year-old was with his grandfather at the time of the shooting.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda told local media Tuesday afternoon that it appears the 14-year-old may have been the intended target, and that the 3-year-old may have been struck by a stray shot. He would not speculate whether the shooting was gang-related.

One witness said she heard as many as a dozen gunshots. Police told News 4 that they do not have any suspects on Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives were interested in a door of a minivan, which was dusted for fingerprints. A tricycle, still in the front yard of a nearby home, was also treated as evidence.

“It’s horrible. It’s horrible. All I can think of right now is saying prayers for that poor little boy, who should be playing with his little cars and not being shot by some monster with a gun,” said one woman, named Dorothy.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police TIPCALL line at 847-2255.

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

blog comments powered by Disqus