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Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

10:38 PM, Aug 16, 2010   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Charges were dropped in Buffalo City Court Sunday morning against a Buffalo man who was charged with murder following the shooting outside a downtown Buffalo restaurant early Saturday morning that killed four people and injured four others.

Buffalo Police admitted on Sunday the man they arrested, Keith Johnson, 25, was not the man who shot the victims. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said he "apologized" for the mistake but added Johnson was "less than truthful" when interviewed by police on Saturday.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said photographic evidence collected by Buffalo Police late Saturday night has led them to believe the wrong person may be in custody.

Sedita said new information came to light following Saturday's press conferences and requests that witnesses come forward.

In court Sunday morning, which was closed to cameras, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said "the suspect's information was developed matching this individual [Johnson]. Police put information in the computer which generated a photo which a witness identified as the defendant [Johnson]."

Sedita also said, "within hours of yesterday's press conference, calls came into the Buffalo Police Department indicating Johnson was not the shooter."

The District Attorney concluded by saying, "I'm not going to prosecute someone unless I'm absolutely sure he did it and I'm not sure he did it."

Johnson, who sat in court this morning wearing an orange jumpsuit, is still in police custody on a parole violation.  Because Johnson was recently released from prison less than two weeks ago, he was not allowed to be in a bar, which police say he was on Saturday.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda say they have had witnesses come forward and are pursing leads to find the shooter.

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