BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three people were arrested following an early Saturday morning shooting outside a restaurant on Pearl Street.
Buffalo Police said intelligence detectives witnessed the incident, which happened after 2 a.m. The shooting occurred outside Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant, and the Buffalo Police Department has ordered the immediate closure of the restaurant, reporting that multiple incidents have occurred at the location in the past.
According to detectives, the suspects shot at a vehicle, hitting a 25-year-old woman inside. A 23-year-old man who was on the opposite side of the street was also shot. Both victims were taken to ECMC.
Two other people were inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said. Prosecutors say the alleged shooters were at the restaurant before the incident took place.
Kyle Mickens, 24, and Dalton Edge, Jr., 24, of Buffalo, were arrested in connection with the shooting. They have each been charged with attempted murder, assault in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Nicky Lofton, 25, was also arrested at the scene, as police said he was found in possession of a loaded ghost gun.
A section of the City Code allows city officials to shut down a bar “in times of dire emergency” as long as necessary. In his letter shutting down Señor Tequila, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joe Gramaglia said the closure is “in order to preserve peace and good order”.
Gramaglia wrote that there have been 15 9-1-1 calls to that address, 414 Pearl Street, this year. He specified three incidents this year:
- a stabbing inside the bar on March 6
- an assault inside the bar on March 12
- an arrest for illegal possession of a handgun by someone trying to get into the restaurant on May 2
Deputy Police Commissioner Alphonso Wright says police are willing to work with Señor Tequila staff to come up with ways to keep people safe.
“We want to work with everyone,” Wright said. “We just want the establishments to know they have to make it safe for patrons to enter.”
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