BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police say four male teenagers were shot, one fatally, Tuesday afternoon.
The shootings happened just after 3:30 p.m. at the footbridge on Oakmont Avenue, which goes over Rt. 33 near Roosevelt Park. That is in the Langfield Homes on the city’s east side.
One teenager was declared dead at the scene. According to authorities, the three others who were shot suffered non-life threatening injuries. Tuesday evening two were released from ECMC and the other was released from Women and Children’s Hospital.
Police are looking for a lone male suspect, believed to be in his 20s. Anyone with information should call the Buffalo Police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.
Neighbors were shocked by the violence. The Stop the Violence Coalition stopped by Tuesday night, but the storm had chased residents inside. They plan to return Wednesday to encourage residents to talk about what they know.
“We need to be more active. Stop hiding behind the curtains. Step out and say enough is enough, we need to stop this,” said Rita Turner, who works with the Coalition.
Reverend Al Wilson from the Martha Mitchell Community Center says he knows the victim. The center is less than a block away from the shooting and feeds around 300 kids breakfast and lunch each day.
“They come into the center all the time and it’s very sad,” Wilson said.
Community members are already talking about ways to help stop this violence from happening again.
Dawn Sanders-Garrett, executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, says the organization wants to “provide activities for the children, so they have positive way to work with one another and to be engaged with their local communities.”
Wilson says the healing process will be hard but the community should stick together. He told News 4, “It’s time to get together and pray for our community. It’s time for us to open up our doors and our hearts and actually do something to transform lives.”
The Martha Mitchell center will have grief counseling available. Crisis Services will also be available and can be reached at 834-3131.