BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Police say three people are dead after they were shot inside a home in the 100 block Ashley Street early Thursday morning.
Police tell News 4 the shooting appears to be targeted, and the home was what they describe as a operating drug house.
Thursday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia spoke to the media saying it’s too early in the investigation to discuss a possible motive or details of whatever evidence was found inside the home when police arrived at about 5:07am.
No suspects are in custody, but community activists came to the scene showing frustration at the continued gun violence.
“We know exactly where they’re getting the guns,” said Pastor James Giles, president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “There are so many guns that are being ported in from Ohio because of Highpoint, I want to say the name of the distributor there, they’re allowing you to make stock purchases and then bump purchases and their bringing guns into there and also Pennsylvania, Virginia and Atlanta. New York State got the toughest gun laws and we probably got the most gun laws on the city streets, so they’re not getting them here. They’re coming in from other places.”
“Buffalo is now on pace to break the homicide record from 1994. So far this year 44 people have been murdered, but most of the cases are not solved because not enough witnesses are coming forward.
“So we’re saying here, brothers just stop doing what you’re doing , come to talk to us and we’ll get you a job, we’ll get you that you don’t have to be shooting bones to make it work,” said Murray Holman, president of the Stop the Violence Coalition.
On Wednesday night, just before sunset, some men were playing a game of dice in the park next the JFK Recreation Center on Hickory Street, someone opened fire, injuring four people including a 14 year old an and eight year old boy. Police believe they’ve positively identified one of the victims and are working to notify the family. Officials say they have tentative ID’s for the other two but are awaiting confirmation.
“We’re looking to identify who was involved in that dice game,” said Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia. “There were a lot of people out at JFK and we’ve got no witnesses. Nobody has come forward, so again we’re in one of those situations it appears to be a targeted shooting that now has significant collateral damage and two young boys were shot and we have nobody coming forward.”
Late Thursday, Mayor Byron brown released a statement saying;
“There were 7 people shot in the City of Buffalo in a 10 hour period – tragically, three have died. An 8 year old little boy was struck by gunfire in the shooting in the park, but thankfully he is expected to recover.
As Mayor, I understand that public safety is paramount, and I have asked Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood to increase police patrols throughout the City to keep all of our residents safe from this senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, but our actions remain dedicated to reducing the gun violence that has plagued cities.”
Authorities ask anyone with information to call or text the department’s confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.