BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A rampant shooting spree has left 11 people dead in December alone.
Those 11 murders are accompanied by a host of violence which is far over the average for Buffalo. It’s been the most violent year since 2006.
To avoid confusion, this timeline will focus purely on violence which resulted in deaths.
The first murder of December happened on the first day of December. A 38-year-old man was shot dead in Buffalo on Fay Street. Police reportedly weren’t far behind the report of shots fired, but upon arrival found the dead man in the driveway. Police identified the dead man as Gary Patrick Noziere. The case is still under investigation.
Only five days later, another man died on Dec. 6. This time it was near Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Another man, younger this time, was killed. Police say 24-year-old Yolonzol Green Jr. was killed around 3:30 a.m. around the McCarley Gardens Apartment complex. The case is still under investigation.
It wouldn’t be for another week before another man turned up dead on Dec. 14. Another 24-year-old turned up dead, but this time the shooting was just after 9 a.m. on a Sunday. Police identified the victim as Terrell Taylor, who they say died in ECMC from his wounds incurred at Brinkman Avenue and Rohe Street
Just two days later another man was murdered on Jewett Avenue on Dec. 16. Police said 20-year-old Darren Rice was found dead on the 200 block of Jewett Ave. That shooting, which happened just after 8:30 p.m., is one of the reasons for increased patrols in the area which have led to the capture of several people who may be connected to the homicides in Buffalo.
That same night, police found another man dead on Genesee Street and Rogers Avenue. Police said Tracy Avery, 19, was filled with gunshot wounds, transported to Erie County Medical Center and pronounced dead at the hospital. Avery’s murder is still under investigation.
A day later on Dec. 17, police found a man who was stabbed. Police say 61-year-old Lewis Browning was stabbed on Titus Avenue. Browning was the oldest person slain in December. His murder is still under investigation.
Police found two days later a scene where two people were shot on Grant Street near Buffalo State College on Dec. 19. Two young adults were shot in their car at 11:30 p.m. A 20-year-old male was sent to ECMC in serious condition, where he recovered, but 16-year-old died of her gunshot wounds. The shooting is still under investigation.
Another shooting on the east side two days later left a 44-year-old dead on Dec. 21. Police say Willie Barksdale was shot around 2 a.m. on Sunday at William and Spring Streets and taken to Erie County Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The case is still under investigation.
Only a day later, a woman and a man were shot on Manhattan Avenue on Dec. 22. The violence left a woman dead after she was shot, and the male was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police say Kendra Nichole Hill was the woman they found dead on the scene. The case is still under investigation.
Another young Buffalo man was slain on Dec. 24, or Christmas Eve. Police say 24-year-old Matthew Tucker was killed on Klaus Street around 10:30 p.m. The shooting is still under investigation.
The victim of the most recent homicide on Dec. 28 was recently identified. Police say 28-year-old Denell A. Baker was shot to death on the 200 block of Peach Street around 9:20 p.m. Police performed an autopsy which confirmed he died of his gunshot wounds. The case is still under investigation.
Each of these shootings is still under investigation. Although police have arrested seven people in connection with gun related violence, police haven’t named any persons of interest.
Mayor Byron Brown has twice increased the presence of police in the area of the fatal shootings.
“We are working aggressively, we have an excellent police department and with information and tips from the public we will be able to stop this activity this activity,” Brown said.
But authorities have stressed the desperation with which they need the people to come forward and give tips.
“If they do tell us what they know about the violent predators in their midst, we can then combine those details with others and perhaps get some of these people off the street,” U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul said.