BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has declared Wednesday Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The proclamation marks the end of Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York State. Elected officials and community leaders have focused on gun violence prevention this month and say the only way to prevent shootings is to have residents be willing to report them when they happen.
Pastor James Giles of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries said, “If we don’t change the climate, that says it’s OK to shoot somebody on the streets of Buffalo. We’re going to continue to have to do this. It’s wrong, it’s not normal, and it’s something that the community is outraged about and we’re not going to continually look the other way.”
Over the weekend, at least five people were shot in the Queen City, and three of those shot died.