BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - News of Wednesday's surrender at Channel 4 comes as a hugerelief to a community that's been on edge ever since the massshootings.
Since the shootings, people who spend time down here have toldNews 4 they just want this area to get back to normal. They hopethis arrest is one step in that direction.
Karen Gray said, "I'm very glad they got him off thestreets."
Even when the main suspect was still on the loose, Gray and herfamily did not stop coming downtown. They now feel a sense ofrelief knowing that he turned himself in.
"Somebody would have gotten him so good thing. One less violentincident on our streets," said Gray.
Despite what some people may think, Buffalo does not have a badreputation everywhere. Pramod Arya is here on a business trip fromIndia. Wednesday was his first day at work. He was shocked when wetold him about the shootings at City Grill.
Arya said, "Because all the things I've been hearing aboutBuffalo in India is that it's a really nice place and anybody herecan get along with the people."
Pastor Darius Pridgen says the steps to healing and movingforward are already in progress.
"People are coming together in the city of Buffalo and that is agreat impact. You know we've never had grief counseling forinstance at funerals. Now it has become a standard in our church,"said Pridgen.
He believes that working together as community groups have inthe past two weeks will eventually help change mind sets amongpeople prone to violence.
Gray said, "It's a shame that you can't feel safe comingdowntown, although we do come down quite regularly. And I think ifyou mind your business and stay out of places where trouble'sbrewing, you're all right."
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