BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 13-year-old girl was struck by an apparent stray bullet in a shooting that sent two people to hospitals on Buffalo’s West Side Thursday night.
Officers say the teenager and a 33-year-old man were both found with gunshot wounds in the area of Grant Street and Breckenridge. According to police, the girl was hit while she was sitting on a porch.
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The male victim is reported to have been shot in the head area, but he is expected to recover. He was taken to ECMC with what police have described as non-life threatening injuries.
The shooting occurred during a vigil, where about two dozen people were peacefully gathered Thursday night. Based on information gathered, Buffalo Police believe that there may be gang affiliation with one or more people in attendance.
The vigil itself did not draw any police concerns, Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said.
“Unfortunately, this violence, when it happens, doesn’t just affect gang members, or it just doesn’t affect criminals,” Rinaldo said Friday. “There’s always collateral damage. And in this case, you have a 13-year-old girl, who, what she did wrong that day, is she sat on the front porch with her parent.”
Some video was recovered from the scene. It does not show where the shots were fired from, but Buffalo Police believe that more video evidence could be recovered soon.
The female victim was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries. She was reported to be conscious and talking.
Mayor Byron Brown visited the girl in the hospital Thursday night.
No arrests have been made at this point.
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