Buffalo Police Search for Suspect in Triple Shooting | News
BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police continue searching for a suspect in the shooting that injured three people on Thursday morning, including two teens.
The shooting happened around 1:15 Thursday morning at the intersection of East Ferry and Waverly. Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says a lone gunman walked up to a group of people standing outside a home and opened fire with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. Police say they do not know the motive or if the three who were shot were the intended targets.
One of the victims, Marquan Tucker, 14, is in serious condition. Two others, Devante Crule, 16 and Clyde Hoskin, 20, are in fair condition. All are being treated at Erie County Medical Center.
Buffalo homicide detectives were called in to investigate this crime.
This is one of several violent incidents over the past two months or so. It began back in May when a gunman opened fire and struck several individuals during a picnic at Martin Luther King Junior Park. One man later died from his wounds in that shooting.
Since then police rolled out the strike force concept which consists of a 40 officer unit blending city police, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers. They run traffic checks and maintain a presence on various streets to interrupt potential criminal activity. Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says it has been effective with more than 400 arrests, weapons seized, cars impounded, and various tickets written. Derenda says they hope to become even more effective with the unit as the program continues.
Police say there is also enforcement of a curfew for anyone under 17 who is seen out in a public place. That curfew, which carries a $200 fine for a parent or guardian, requires those under age to be off the streets by 11:00 on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Police say it would not have applied to the two teens shot near East Ferry Street because they were at a private home.
Chief Richards acknowledges there could be retaliation involved in some of the shootings. That's why he hopes people come forward with information to break the cycle of violence and put some violent criminals behind bars. Anyone with information is asked to call Buffalo Police at their confidential tipline 847-2255.