BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teenage girl is dead after being shot in a moving minivan just a few blocks away from the University at Buffalo, Main Street campus.
Buffalo Police identified the victim as Lorinia Robinson, age 17. She was the front seat passenger in a minivan just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, when someone standing on Lisbon near Bailey Avenue fired at the vehicle hitting her with one bullet. Buffalo Police say no one called police to report shots fired on Lisbon, but the driver of that minivan then drove her more than a mile away to Langfield near Suffolk and then called 9-1-1. By that time it was too late she was dead when police arrived.
“There were several occupants in the vehicle,” said Joseph Gramaglia, deputy commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department. “Why they continued to drive over to that location, that’s what homicide detectives are interviewing looking to find out, but I can’t answer at this point as to why they drove to that location.”
It’s also unclear why that minivan was fired on, according to Gramaglia. “I’m not gonna say that SHE was targeted. It’s early in the investigation but it’s something that we definitely are looking at.”
“We can’t just keep going on and saying, ‘My heart goes out to this family,’ you know. They’re sick of this,” said Buffalo Councilman Rasheed Wyatt, who represents the University District. “It’s not getting any better, we’ve been doing this for how many years dealing with young people who are dying too soon. We’ve been talking about opening up our schools and those things and we haven’t done it. to an extent that these young people have somewhere else to go other than being in a car in a shooting.”
Buffalo Police say they have found some video evidence, but are looking for anyone who has more information that could lead to an arrest. Tips can be called at (716) 847-2255.
Crime Stoppers WNY is offering up to $7,500 for information that will lead to the arrest indictment of the person responsible for the killing of Lorinia Robinson.
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