BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 30-year-old man was rushed into surgery early Thursday morning after he was struck by gunfire outside of a bar on Allen Street in downtown Buffalo.
Deverick Petty, 20, has been arrested in connection to the shooting, which happened around 2:30 a.m. outside of The Pink on Allen Street, between Mariner and College Streets.
The situation started at a Mariner Street apartment building called The Buckingham and spilled out onto Allen Street.
James Phillips said, “All of a sudden, this girl came running out and a guy came after her and screaming and it was like a pop. And that was it and then people kind of went crazy then.”
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says Petty was firing at another man who had been speaking to Petty’s girlfriend inside the building, and that the shooting had nothing to do with the bar. The victim, who was across the street on the patio of The Pink, was hit by one of two bullets that were allegedly fired by Perry.
“He was an innocent bystander, who got hit by a stray bullet,” Derenda said.
The victim, 30-year-old Edwin “Eddie” Andino of Depew, also works as a bouncer at The Pink one night a week. Wednesday night he was not working, according to his brother Eli.
Eli Andino said, “I feel like it’s tragic. He’s a father. He has two beautiful daughters at home and his fiance. It’s terrible that people have to resolve violence with guns. Bullets have no names.
Petty was taken into custody hours after the shooting and charged with two counts of first degree assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
“Homicide detectives were able to take him into custody early on in the beginning of this investigation. We were able to move swiftly. A gun has been recovered,” Derenda said.
News 4 has learned the gun was stashed inside a toilet inside The Buckingham and that Petty is no stranger to police. He was arrested five days prior to the shooting on charges of possessing a gambling device, stemming from the Shaffer Village Housing Projects.
Petty will be arraigned Friday morning in Buffalo City Court.
Eddie Andino is still listed in critical condition at ECMC. He underwent surgery Thursday morning for the bullet in his abdomen, and he is expected to survive.