Violent night in the Queen City; two shootings being investigated for gang violence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – One person is dead and four others hurt after four separate shootings on Buffalo’s East side. Police say over the holiday weekend, they sometimes see an uptick in violence. Police say two of the incidents are believed to be  accidental. The other two may be gang-related.

The most dangerous incident of the evening happened on Broadway and Strauss Streets where a person was shot and killed in a double shooting. Neighbors tell us violence is a growing issue in this area, and its particularly bad in the summer months.

Willie Cole lives on Filmore Avenue. He said, “There’s been a lot of violence in the past couple of months.”  At a news conference-, police say two of the incidents are believed to have been accidental.  The other two may have been gang-related.

He said, “There will be a lot of fighting in the neighborhood over money or whatever.” The rounds of gunfire began just before midnight on the 200-block of Dartmouth. A woman was injured and is expected to be okay.

On Sattler avenue, a 25-year-old man was shot after midnight. The victims was treated and released from ECMC. Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo says he wouldn’t be surprised if alcohol was involved in either of the accidental incidents.

Rinaldo said, “The first two shootings at Dartmouth and Sattler at this time we believe to be accidental, where people had discharged firearms, one of which resulted in a ricochet striking a young lady,”

Another shooting took place near the corner of Warren avenue and Kent Street.

A man was shot there. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Samuel A. Herbert lives on Straus Street. He said, “Now we have a death on our hands.”

Neighbors say violence there is growing. Herbert said, “I’ve seen the neighborhood change in 41 years, but I have never experienced anyone getting killed on the corner of Strauss street and Broadway.”

Police say they sometimes see a slight uptick in violence over holiday weekends, but its nothing more then in years past. Rinaldo said, “When you have a number of incidents in a short time span, it gives the impression that things are worse than they really might be based on numbers over the long haul of the year,.”

The overnight shootings follow a fatal shooting in Cheektowaga on Sunday night and 10 people shot in Buffalo over seven days. If you have any information on any of these incidents, you’re asked to call the police confidential tip line. That number is (716) – 847-2255

 

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