BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police say a lone gunman fired into a crowd of teens who were near the footbridge on Oakmont Avenue, killing one and injuring three others.
Raymond Patterson, III was declared dead at the scene after the shooting around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the city’s Kensington-Bailey neighborhood. The gunfire erupted near Route 33 and Roosevelt Park.
Police say a fight between two individuals escalated, and one fired a gun into the crowd. Neither Patterson or the three other teens were involved in the fight.
The three teens hit by gunfire were treated and released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Mayor Byron Brown is asking people in the community to come forward with information.
“There are people in the community who know exactly who that shooter is. We are asking for more people to come forward, so we can get that individual off the streets of the city. In fact, we are asking that individual to turn himself in.”
Buffalo Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie released a statement saying, in part, “As a school community, we will do all that we can to comfort those students and staff who are most affected by these tragic incidents. We extend our condolences to the families involved in their time of grief. Raymond’s life was cut short, and it is painful. Children must be helped to understand the enormity of this event. Students themselves must be more involved in the discussion of how they might move away from violence that would take a young life.”
Just hours after this shooting, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in a separate shooting on Shirley Avenue. Learn the details of that shooting here.
Following this violence, community activists say “enough is enough.”
Stop the Violence Coalition’s Rita Turner said, “We all, as a community, we need to get together. All of the City of Buffalo. We need to be more active, stop hiding behind the curtains, come out and say enough is enough. We have to stop this.”
Stop the Violence Executive Director Murray Holman said, “If you came out for National Night [Out], you need to be out here again, walking and knocking on doors to see what’s going on. Because somebody’s in this neighborhood with a gun, and they don’t care about what’s going on.”
The executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority says the organization wants to help create change in the community.
Dawn Sanders-Garrett said, “Working in conjunction with agencies like the BMHA to provide activities for the children, so they have positive ways to work with one another and to be engaged with their local communities.”
Martha Mitchell Community Center Rev. Al Wilson said, “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.”
Members of the Stop the Violence Coalition will be in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood Wednesday to encourage residents to discuss what they know.
The Martha Mitchell Center will have grief counseling for those who need it Wednesday. Crisis Services will also be available. The number is 834-3131.
Police are looking for a lone male suspect, believed to be in his 20s. Anyone with information should call the confidential tipline at 847-2255.