Lackawanna Police investigating block party shooting

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB)- A block party in Lackawanna came to an abrupt end Saturday night after police say 15 shots were fired.

Close to 150 people were at the party being held on Holland Ave near Ridge Road. The music being played by a DJ on site paired with party goers from Lackawanna and neighboring areas led to multiple noise complaints.

Police were in the area patrolling and responded around 2:40 a.m. when shots were fired from Fowler Street onto Holland.

One man struck in the lower back and taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Mutual agencies were called in to assist including NFTA, Orchard Park and Buffalo Police.

Gobran Albanna has lived in the neighborhood for 48 years. He said frustrations are growing for residents, based on what he called a lack of response from the city.

He said he was roused from sleep overnight Saturday to chaos.

“There was disaster. I mean, we heard the shots. We hear the cars, we see the streets all filled with bottles and cans We worried when we heard the shots, who died, who got shot,” Albanna said. “We can’t get no answer from anybody. I hope the city and the neighbors start to wake up a little bit. This time, nobody gets killed. A second time, who knows.

Neither police nor Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Symanski returned calls and texts Monday seeking comment.

No arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to call Lackawanna Police at 822-4900. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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