City offers cash for clues in new initiative against gun violence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Less than two days after a series of shootings left five people shot and two people dead, the city unveiled a series of programs intended to combat gun violence.

June is considered Gun Violence Awareness month across the state of New York — and Monday marked Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo.

Mayor Byron Brown, together with Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, peace activists and family members of murder victims, announced additional programs intended to prevent and solve crimes involving guns.

“Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people,” said Sandra Green, whose son was gunned down in November 2007. “And until we start to step up and speak up and let people know when someone is doing something wrong, this situation is going to continue to fester in our community, and that’s not the direction we want to go.”

The city will use billboards and televised ads for the next four weeks to promote $250 rewards for tips leading to arrests and convictions of people with illegal guns.

In July a second campaign will promote $2,500 rewards for tips on local murders.

Additional programs will be used this summer to enhance community policing in local neighborhoods.

“When we get the public engaged, we do solve these cases. Many of these cases could be solved if people came forward with what they know,” Derenda said.

The city will also host a number of anti-violence activities, including gun safety programs, community and political events and entertainment. Click here for more information.

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