BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Monday morning, police and community leaders are demanding help to find the gunman who shot five picnickers in MLK park this weekend.
The search continues Monday morning, for the man responsible for the city's latest shooting. However, unlike those that have taken place in recent weeks, this weekend's shooting didn't happen on a street corner or in a back alley. It happened in a park.
Buffalo's first summer-like weekends, had a theme that's been far too common for many of its residents. On Saturday evening a man walked up to a picnic shelter aimed his gun and shot five young adults.
Buffalo resident Deborah Smith said, "This is too close to my home if these kids cannot play in the park, then why do we have a park? Why do we? And that's all I have to say."
As police search for the shooter, two men remain in critical condition at ECMC while the other three are simply lucky to be alive.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says he is confident his department will catch this suspect. But also says it's hard to believe something like this could happen in a park he calls safe.
Derenda said, "You can't stop people from doing stupid things, we can't stop everybody from doing things this outrageous and it is outrageous to shoot into a crowd where there's children at a party at a picnic is just mind boggling."
Police need the public's help in tracking down the gunman. He's described as a black man, 5 '11, 180 pounds last seen wearing a dark hoodie and light colored jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 847-2255
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