Neighbor describes evening of North Tonawanda double shooting

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two men were killed Saturday on Oliver Street, in North Tonawanda, next to the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club. Police say they found two bodies in the front seat of a car with gunshot wounds.

“I was outside when I heard the shots and I come out front and I seen a bunch of people run,” said Jessica Willard who lives next to the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club on Oliver Street. She moved in next door seven months ago.

“They’re pretty loud. It’s a regular thing so when I heard the fighting and stuff it’s kind of normal for them to be loud,” said Willard.

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Daniel “DJ” Szymanski

But this time was different. Around 3:00 a.m. Saturday two men, 38-year-old Paul Maue of Buffalo and 31-year-old Daniel “DJ” Szymanski of Getzville, were shot to death in a car outside the motorcycle club. North Tonawanda Police say both men were members of the Kingsmen, but neither were believed to belong to the North Tonawanda Chapter. Willard was sitting on her stairwell when she heard the gunshots.

“There was arguing. There was extremely loud arguing and then right after the arguing there was the two gunshots and then it didn’t take the police long to get here. They were here like five minutes after the gunshots went off,” said Willard. She said at that point a crowd had scattered and most of the people had taken off.

North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt released a statement saying in part, “Like most residents in North Tonawanda, I was shocked to learn of the events of last night. I want to reassure the residents of our city that our police department is working to apprehend the person or persons responsible. ”

The incident has left Willard with an uneasy feeling about her neighborhood. “It’s really scary, yeah it is. I’m four months pregnant right now and with us having our baby soon it is scary. We want to move away from the club for sure,” said Willard.

North Tonawanda Police are looking to talk to anyone who might know anything related to this shooting. They’re asked to call the detective bureau at 692-4312.

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