LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Neighbors are demanding action after a deadly shooting in Lackawanna over the weekend. Police called for backup when they arrived at a chaotic scene with hundreds of people swarming the area.
Authorities say 30-year-old Richard Abrams was killed and 44-year-old Damon Turner is in critical condition after being shot at a block party at Olcott Street and Olin Drive around 1 a.m. on Sunday.
The shooter remains on the loose and one neighbor is pleading with witnesses to come forward.
"I was involved with the basketball games that was going on," said resident Roosevelt Anderson.
He says it was an innocent party until outsiders showed up and fired shots. A memorial now marks the block where Abrams was killed. Police say they still don't even know the motive behind the shooting.
Anderson said, "I understand a lot of people who may have seen something are afraid to say something. That's ridiculous."
"They better hope I don't find out who it was. Because I will go and tell the authorities and try and draw them a roadmap to get to them. I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid of any of those folks who think they can come in here and try and take over my neighborhood."
At 67-years-old, Anderson says they now need to talk to police for the sake of the safety of their children and grandchildren.
"I'm angry. This is my little grandson. He just made 2-years-old in March. Those bullets could have taken him out," Anderson said. "I grew up here in Lackawanna. And if I see anyone doing anything they're not supposed to do, Roosevelt Anderson is going to tell."
If you have any information, you're asked to call 827-6410. The call will be kept confidential.
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