CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police are hunting for a gunman who shot and killed a man Tuesday night in Cheektowaga Town Park as children and families played nearby.
Even as the sun set and the crowds dispersed, police continued to scour the park, looking for evidence late into Tuesday night, using the beams of their flashlights to scan the ground. A NYS Police helicopter was at the scene Tuesday night briefly.
The murder happened right outside the Cheektowaga Recreational Center around 8:15 p.m. with at least 100 people in the nearby vicinity. A 19-year-old was shot in the chest and rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, which is across the street from the park, where he later died.
Police continue to look for the suspect and have promising leads.
Police Chief David Zack said, "They're surveillance cameras all through the park. Portions of this incident were captured by those cameras. So we do have some things to work with. We definitely know that we've got well over 100 witnesses. In my estimation, from my first glance, this is a solvable case."
And an eyewitness described the chaotic scene that followed as multiple shots rang out across the park.
Phillip Kubera said, "I was on the other side of the park over there and all I heard were gunshots, what I thought were gunshots but, originally people said maybe they were fireworks then I saw police in the park and coaches from the little league were over there pointing into the park."
Police would like any witnesses to come forward to help them solve the murder of the 19-year-old man. Their investigation continues.
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