BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo police have made an arrest in what is one of the city'sworst acts of violence in recent memory.
There are four dead and four who were wounded.
One of the wounded is clinging to life.
The city is vowing to bring the killer to justice.
It was a horror scene outside the City Grill in the earlymorning hours.
Three people lay dead on the ground, one died at the hospital.Two men, two women had been shot to death, four others wounded, onecritically after a dispute inside the restaurant led to bloodshedoutside.
Tiffeny Wilhite was one of the four who lost her life. Hercousin made an impassioned plea outside the restaurant.
Wilhite's cousin, Monica Lynch said, "Put the guns down. Fightwith your hands. Let them at least wake up the next day with acouple of bruises. Fight again. Put these guns down."
The party had been in celebration of a couple's first weddinganniversary, a Buffalo man returning from Texas to his hometownwith his wife to share good times with family and friends.
The groom was among the dead.
Shortly after the noon hour, Buffalo police SWAT teams tookKeith Johnson, 25, into custody at his home on MinnesotaAvenue.
News 4 has learned he was just released on parole for anothershooting.
He's been charged with four counts of second degree murder.
Buffalo Police Commissioner, Daniel Derenda said, "In less than12 hours, we have the suspect in custody which resulted in thearrest."
Well over a hundred people are believed to have been at thescene. Prosecutors say they still need witnesses to comeforward.
Erie County District Attorney, Frank Sedita said, "I beseechthose people who are witnesses to this horrible, horrible, horriblecrime to come forward and give us your information. We will workwith you and do everything we can to protect and guarantee yoursafety."
Surveillance cameras may have recorded the violence as itunfolded on the street.
The City Grill says it is cooperating fully with theauthorities.
Mayor Byron Brown sought to reassure Buffalo residents that thecity's entertainment district is safe.
"We believe that downtown is safe. This is an incident, aterrible incident, a tragic incident, where someone or someindividuals have shown absolutely no respect for human life," saidMayor Byron Brown.
The Mayor said it is difficult to prevent this type of incident,which these days, he said can happen anywhere.
It happened to a group of party goers in Buffalo who just wantedto celebrate a happy occasion.
Lynch said, "Just a nice time, like anybody else that comes outfor a nice function. All you want to do is celebrate with thepeople, and bring good life, not end of life."
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