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.