Police: MLK, Jr. Park Shooting Was Not Random

12:18 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY-- Following a weekend shooting at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park over the weekend, city officials say the shooting was not random and that the park is safe for people to enjoy.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda spoke to 2 On Your Side's Pete Gallivan Monday morning and told him "We are progressing with the investigation, we do not believe it was a random act, we believe this was a deliberate attack", but would not release any other details.

Five people were shot, two critically, while at a picnic in the park on Saturday.  Police say the suspect walked up to Shelter #4 and opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon.

On Sunday, Mayor Brown spoke at a press conference to calm people's fears about safety in the park.  "Yes, the park is safe. Yes the city is safe and we're going to make sure that it is safe."  The Mayor and the Commissioner indicated this morning that increased Summer police patrols around the park and the surrounding business district would begin soon.

No one has been arrested for the shooting.

The victims have all been identified by police.  Those wounded are identified as Marquay T. Lee, (1/21/86), Edmond Carter (3/1/84) - both of whom were taken to the Erie County Medical Center, and listed in critical condition.  Aron Rose (7/6/91), Shaneta Payne (9/22/84), Jahond Taylor (5/19/88) were also treated at the medical center for injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716)847-2255 or e-mail the department at www.bpdny.org.


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