More Information on a Pair of Fatal Shootings in Buffalo
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Police Wednesday released more information on a pair of Tuesday shootings that took the lives of two teenagers.
The first happened Tuesday afternoon at around 3:40PM on Oakmont Avenue over Route 33. Fourteen year old Raymond Patterson III died and three others were injured after shots were fired in to a crowd.
"There was a fight between two teenage girls up on the footbridge of Oakmont," Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. "That escalated in to somebody pulling a gun and firing numerous shots in to the crowd. The homicide victim and other three victims, we don't believe were involved with the fight."
Later Tuesday night, two 17 year olds were shot in the 100 block of Shirley Avenue. One of them, Ronnie Scott, died after he was taken to ECMC. The other, Diamond Allen, was shot in the leg but was treated and released from ECMC.
The shooter and the victims are said to be known to each other.
Police are not releasing the names of any suspects in either of the shootings, but say they are making "significant progress" in the investigations.
"We know that there are a large number of people who potentially witnessed that event," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, referring to the shooting on Oakmont. "We know that there are people in the community who know exactly who that shooter is. We're asking for more people to come forward so we can get that individual off the streets."
Police say the two shootings are not related.
Buffalo Schools Interim Superintendent Don Ogilvie issued a statement regarding the shootings on Wednesday.
It is my great sorrow to learn that Raymond Patterson III, a 14-year-old student of Buffalo Elementary School of Technology #6, was the victim of a fatal shooting yesterday. Three other students wounded in the same incident were treated, and are expected to recover. A subsequent gunshot victim from late Tuesday evening was not a student of the Buffalo Public Schools, though another student wounded in that incident was... Raymond's life was cut short, and it is painful. Children must be helped to understand the enormity of this event. Students themselves must be more involved in the discussion of how they might move away from violence that would take a young life.
The District will provide counseling and will be assigned to the various schools affected. Counselors are available for students, parents, and staff.