Police: Five separate shootings happened over the weekend in Buffalo


Buffalo Police are investigating a series of shootings after a violent weekend in Buffalo. 

Police say five separate shootings took place between Friday and Sunday. 

One person died in the attacks. Four others are still in the hospital. 

One of the shootings, which police are calling a “shootout”, is being investigated as a homicide. 

Police say possible motives include gang activity and fights on social media. 

Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said some of the shootings are connected. 

The shootings took place on Allen Street, Herkimer Street, Langfield Drive, Pearl Street, and East Delavan at William Gater Parkway.

In a press briefing on Monday, police say initial investigations show most of the incidents are gang-related.

Capt. Rinaldo said it’s not uncommon to have so many shootings in a short period of time. With warmer weather, more people are coming out in certain areas of town. 

Rinaldo said more police crews will be added or adjusted as necessary in areas where his department is noticing more crime. He mentioned that some of the violence starts on social media and spills out into real life. 

That’s something investigators will look into, to see if there are any links that can be tracked online. 

Rinaldo said that in spite of the violent weekend, the city’s homicide and shooting numbers are still considerably lower than the same time last year. 

Police made a quick arrest in the shooting on Allen Street. Peter Pena, 36, of Buffalo, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. 

The four other cases remain unsolved and are still under investigation. 

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