BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say shots rang out, shattering the early morning quiet on Guilford Street around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
39-year-old Brian Chapman, Jr. was standing in front of his house, waiting for a ride to work, when he was shot. Chapman was rushed to ECMC but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police say the shots were fired from a car and charged 24-year-old Joshua Mitchell of Buffalo. Chapman was a Metro bus operator, and a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
ATU Local 1342 Vice President Jeff Richardson said, "He is one of the most respectful individuals that I have ever met. Upstanding citizen, a good worker who came to work everyday, who worked hard. He was a great friend to us all."
Richardson is also a friend of the Chapman family. Chapman worked at the NFTA's Cold Spring facility. Authority officials told News 4 that Chapman's dad, Brian, Sr., is a rail controller at the Operations Control Center downtown.
A spokesman extended the NFTA's deepest sympathies to the Chapman family, saying Brian will be missed by his co-workers and customers. Officials say Brian worked for the Authority for 12 years.
"We just love him, we just miss him. He was a great worker. He was an extra clerk and would help anybody he can, whether it was giving them a ride to work, or whatever he can do. He was there to help," recalled Richardson.
Buffalo police are holding Joshua Mitchell of LaSalle Avenue on two weapons counts, and have recovered a 38-caliber revolver they believe to be the murder weapon. Detectives say additional charges might be filed against Mitchell.
He is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his appearance in Buffalo City Court.
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