Community leaders search for ways to curb the east side violence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– As violence continues to grow on Buffalo’s east side, a local group thinks they have a solution or at least the first step in making the area safer.

Friday night three people were shot at the corner of Fillmore and French street. Police told News 4 the three victims were in their twenties. A 28-year-old man died on the scene.

Four and a half hours later, officers responded to another east side shooting. This time at the corner of Deerfield and Litchfield. A 23-year old man was shot.

“The violence on this corner has been moved up to high alert, I kind of think it’s on a red alert right now and we have to nip it in the bud, clean up the neighborhood. It’s not just gang violence it’s all kinds of other violence going on at this corner, alcoholism, pills, opiates,” said Murray Holman, Stop the Violence Coalition Chairman.

Residents said they are fearful just walking down the street to the supermarket, but community leaders are hoping to eliminate that fear.

Stop the Violence Coalition said it’s time to make this high crime area a safer place for everyone.

“Right now in this community, this corner has not been like this in a long time. I’m sorry that an individual lost their life, but we have to come out here and be proactive not reactive and change the mind set and actually talk to the young men and see what they really need, try to get them some jobs and help them in this community,” said Holman.

He said help from officials and police could help turn this community around.

“I would like to see Mr. Franczyk (common council member) out here more, you know law enforcement is doing a great job, but we need them to amp it up, we need street patrols, we need foot patrols walking through here so we can take back this community,” said Holman.

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