JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson confirmed Friday that one person was killed and one person was injured in what police believe to be a “targeted drive-by” shooting on Prendergast Avenue.
Police say they received a call of shots fired at 839 Prendergast Avenue at 12:58 p.m. Friday. One male victim was killed, later identified as 35-year-old Jesus Batista Perez and another male victim was transported to UMPC Chautauqua and was later flown to a hospital in Erie, Penn. Police say they do not know his condition.
Police say the suspect’s vehicle is a black four-door Toyota sedan with New York registration, a sun roof, a tinted license plate cover and possibly a chrome gas cap.
A neighbor said that they heard “about” 11 shots.
Officials say that there has been an uptick in violence in Jamestown and they have hired more police officers in the last few months. According to New York State, there have been two other victims killed by gunfire in the City of Jamestown this year.
“It’s quality of life issue,” City Council President Anthony Dolce said. “People should be comfortable in their neighborhoods… people want to be reasonably safe and secure in their neighborhoods.”
The FBI is helping investigate but is not on scene.
Jamestown Schools were briefly placed in lockout, which has since been lifted. The 800 block has been reopened as of 8 p.m. Friday. Police say they do not know if the guns used in the shooting were illegal.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jamestown Police Department at 716-483-7537 or the Tip Line at 716-483-8477.
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